Self-Assessment on Death Essay

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Self-Assessment on Death

We are all, from the moment of our birth, proceeding to the same final endpoint -- death. But while we know how life is created, what occurs at the end of life remains a mystery. Even after studying death from an analytical perspective, despite becoming more fluent in the various ways different philosophical traditions and cultures have interpreted death, I still fear the end of my natural existence. No matter how complete and apparently neat the explanation is of the life to come, it still does not satisfy me, because I feel that all attempts to answer the question of what occurs at the end of life are engineered by humans, and do not approach the truth of what is likely to transpire after all consciousness has ceased to exist.

When a child is born, as terrifying and exciting as that may be, the parents have some idea of what that child will face in the future -- the joy of learning; first attempts at walking and talking; first love; maturity, and the achievement of other major life milestones. When someone holds the hand of a loved one in death, there is always a sense of loss and fear of the unknown. Perhaps logically, we as humans should comfort ourselves that we will all meet in the same final resting place. But because the nature of what that resting place will resemble is so unclear, even the faithful often find themselves paralyzed by grief.

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"Do not go gentle into that good night / Rage, rage against the dying of the light." My sentiments regarding death are very much in line with those of Dylan Thomas' poem "Do not go gentle into that good night." Thomas' poem is brutally honest, as the poet begs his father to resist the death that Thomas knows that will come. Thomas finds beauty even in the futility of resisting the forces that take away breath, movement, and the spark that makes a human being an individual in the eyes of the living world.

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