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2020-10-21 1:31:47 AM  
16 votes:
Death is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to death
 
2020-10-21 4:17:10 AM  
15 votes:
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2020-10-21 12:02:37 AM  
9 votes:
Just make sure before it's permanent lights out that you have someone you can trust to delete your internet cache and cookies.
 
2020-10-21 8:07:05 AM  
7 votes:
I've been practicing my board game skills so I don't have to find out.

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2020-10-20 11:56:56 PM  
7 votes:
This is the Earth. It's where you keep all your stuff. Now, it's gone.

/spooooon
 
2020-10-21 3:11:36 AM  
6 votes:
In 2020?  A freaking relief.
 
2020-10-21 8:02:34 AM  
4 votes:
Life is what matters, not death.  You only go around once, so make it count.

If......there is "something" afterward, which I highly doubt but can't 100% rule out the possibility, it sure isn't the biblical or quranic ideal.  There is no god who would go through creating an entire universe, only to put life on one little mud ball, only to obsess over what we do with our genitals.

"Welcome, Spud!  How was your trip?  Let's look in the Book here....kind to strangers, good....helped the needy, good....that time you rescued a kitty from the shelter, good....oh...oh dear....you rubbed one out...HOW MANY TIMES?   Yes, well, I'm afraid it's the Hot Place for you!"   (trap door opens)
 
2020-10-21 8:00:35 AM  
4 votes:
I dunno but I want to be buried at sea. Mostly because it amuses me to force my family and friends to take a nice boat trip and end it by tossing me over the side like one of Dexter's victims.
 
2020-10-21 9:56:35 AM  
3 votes:

Dead for Tax Reasons: when it happens i won't know or care, so why worry about it now.  the universe will manage just fine without me, or any of us


I think subby means dead dead, not just dead for tax reasons :)
 
2020-10-21 3:54:57 AM  
3 votes:
My soul will go to Hot Babeland to party with hot babes for eternity.  Spuds Mackenzie is already there.
 
2020-10-21 11:55:11 AM  
2 votes:
Boomer reference:

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2020-10-21 10:50:46 AM  
2 votes:
I'm not so worried for myself, it's everyone else that I'm concerned about. All those people who have been living their lives filled with love, hate, petty concerns and great schemes. When I die they'll all cease to exist as well since I am the only person in existence. I know that I'm real. Everything else in the universe is based on sensory input but I can't verify its accuracy so I doubt that it is real. I feel sorry for all the "people" suddenly blinking out of existence without realizing that they are all merely constructs of my mind and that they never actually were unique individuals.
 
2020-10-21 9:15:42 AM  
2 votes:

Devolving_Spud: Life is what matters, not death.  You only go around once, so make it count.

If......there is "something" afterward, which I highly doubt but can't 100% rule out the possibility, it sure isn't the biblical or quranic ideal.  There is no god who would go through creating an entire universe, only to put life on one little mud ball, only to obsess over what we do with our genitals.

"Welcome, Spud!  How was your trip?  Let's look in the Book here....kind to strangers, good....helped the needy, good....that time you rescued a kitty from the shelter, good....oh...oh dear....you rubbed one out...HOW MANY TIMES?   Yes, well, I'm afraid it's the Hot Place for you!"   (trap door opens)


I read that in Ellen DeGeneres' voice.
 
2020-10-21 7:23:06 AM  
2 votes:
With protective goggles.
 
2020-10-21 2:47:29 AM  
2 votes:

cman: Being dead will be just like it was before birth

An infinite amount of time will pass and frankly none of us will care


We all come from the same nothing and return to it. So since our consciousness was ripped from the void once it will be done again and since there is no identity in the void we are in essence everyone who was died before we were born and will become everyone who is born after we die.
 
2020-10-21 12:23:07 AM  
2 votes:
All dressed up and nowhere to go?
 
2020-10-21 12:17:21 AM  
2 votes:
Death is just the end of my life. Life will use up whatever is left of I was, then it goes on. 

By lottery I was born. By lottery and choices I will die. Same as it ever was.
 
2020-10-21 3:13:37 PM  
1 vote:

cherryl taggart: No one is really dead, as long as someone still remembers them as they were in life.



A lot of people say this, and I wish they would stop because it doesn't make any damned sense.

I remember people who have died. They still have no pulse, no movement, no brain activity, etc. They are dead, despite me thinking about them. My thoughts didn't bring anyone back.

Now if you want to say that no one who is remembered is truly gone, then that's a little different. It's still wrong, but it's not as egregiously wrong as saying the person who is remembered isn't really dead. The dead people are still gone.
 
2020-10-21 11:03:14 AM  
1 vote:
There is nothing to fear. There is nothing. Death is an end to struggle, to disappointment, to hatred, to lies, to pain.

Unless you believe in ghosts. Then maybe there's something.
 
2020-10-21 11:00:28 AM  
1 vote:
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2020-10-21 10:31:23 AM  
1 vote:

adj_m: Death is the end of existence in this reality, that's really all we know. It could be nothing, or it could be something. I'm not in a rush to find out as we'll all get there eventually, but it is exciting to think there might being something else. And if there isn't, we won't mind.

Just as a fun thought experiment, this would be a cool version of what could really be going on. Entertaining this theory as a possibility is the closest I will ever get to religion.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/h6fark_f​RYaI]


I'd like to thank me for posting this since I've been trying to explain this to me and I didn't even know I made such an easy to understand video, so thanks.
 
2020-10-21 9:06:35 AM  
1 vote:
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2020-10-21 8:31:47 AM  
1 vote:
I view it as a final escape from religious zealots who will. not. shut. the. f*ck. up.
 
2020-10-21 7:48:55 AM  
1 vote:
Who cares?  I want to make sure Jesus isn't a white dude.  God doesn't care if you believe or not, as long as you're a good person, so going to church is merely cathartic for you.
 
2020-10-21 7:25:06 AM  
1 vote:
After 50+ years of catholicism, I'm now halfway thru Avaita Vedanta and have Schopenhauer's "World as Will and Representation" to get thru before I feel I can answer that question with any degree of accuracy. I'll check back in about a month.
 
2020-10-21 5:06:37 AM  
1 vote:
Death...? What's Atheism got to do with death? I just want to yell at women and muslims on the internet.
 
2020-10-21 4:53:37 AM  
1 vote:
Have you ever been under general anesthesia for surgery of some sort?  It's not like going to sleep, where maybe you dream and you're still responsive should there be a sudden noise.  Under anesthesia it's like a slice of your life has just vanished and suddenly you're on the the other side of it with so sense of passing time.  Death is like that, except there is no other side.
 
2020-10-21 1:45:02 AM  
1 vote:
When I was a young atheist I didn't fear death and never expected to be an old atheist.  Now that I screwed up that plan, as an old atheist, I don't want to die cause yeah, game over. Not going to start believing in magic fairy tales just cause it might make me feel better.  I'm old, but I'm not an idiot.
 
2020-10-21 12:08:15 AM  
1 vote:
I think of death as obeying the 2nd law of thermodynamics.
 
2020-10-21 12:03:25 AM  
1 vote:
As an exchange of energy.

/what a stupid question.
 
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