Unlike sex, death is not part of our public debate or education.
And although our news channels are prone to delivering breaking news about death — the dying, the nearly dead, and the dead — we have come to filter it. We don’t register it as a question of our human condition.
We easily move past it, because we cannot answer “What’s there to answer for death?” Currently, it seems that there is no one to answer for it. No one we could actually, physically turn to.
It seems that all we have is reasonable and scientific conjecture and, of course, our beliefs.
But death is an important subject.
We may have become too busy to reflect on it or to register it, but we all know that death is a coming. And it comes to haunt us every now and then: when we feel meaninglessness, or fail to find purpose to our lives.
But instead of contemplating on the subject, we avoid it by keeping ourselves busy.
Mostly, it’s because we fear death.
Is Fear of Death and Oblivion the True Driving Force Behind Human Civilization?
Science, engineering, and technology have brought marvels. They have made life easier and graspable. But, most importantly, they have artificially sped up our lives and our experiences.
In doing so, they have unleashed so many possibilities and experiences, and now they are trying their best to aid us experience them within our lives.
It’s a reflection of our deep-seated fear of death, and the unknown that lies further of our death, and of our inability to experience how life will unfold when we are dead.
It’s a modern dilemma.