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Dying. Will it make you happier?


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#61 fatboy

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 03:29 AM

Call me a cynic but the usual ideas of an afterlife ALL seem like hells to me ... Every afterlife is simply endless repetitions of the familiar.


I see only being and not being. It is not at all clear to me that one is preferable to the other. It is not at all clear to me that they are even different.

#62 abolitionist

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 11:35 PM

the actual process of dying may have some pleasurable components (like seeing a light in a tunnel or seeing your relatives, etc...)

then the light goes out and no more pleasure or pain, or awareness

#63 Connor MacLeod

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 03:34 AM

You try singing hosannas repeatedly.

You don't have to sing it, only listen; it is the most beautiful thing.

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#64 pro-d

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 09:25 AM

Someone once said "Would dying add meaning to life?"

What do you think?


Interesting question.


If you wanted to die you clearly would be unhappy and succeeding means you ended your life unhappy.
Though, perhaps dying not of your accord could make you juice out of more of your last moments on earth, that is, if you like or tolerate life.


Maybe the threat of death, whether or not you want it can sharpen the plot of your life. Knowing you can lose and not always win is as interesting as knowing you can win and not always lose.

#65 Lurker

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 07:11 PM

Meaning does not imply happiness.

Another question:

If you were immortal, but were unable to feel "happy" ("endlessly depressed"). Would you give up your immortatlity by choice?

#66 abolitionist

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Posted 03 April 2009 - 07:18 PM

Meaning does not imply happiness.

Another question:

If you were immortal, but were unable to feel "happy" ("endlessly depressed"). Would you give up your immortatlity by choice?


logically meaning doesn't imply happiness I agree

however dopamine level boosts feel subjectively meaningful

Yep, without pleasure there would be no reason to live (subjectively)

Edited by abolitionist, 03 April 2009 - 07:19 PM.


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#67 fatboy

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Posted 05 April 2009 - 11:55 PM

You try singing hosannas repeatedly.

You don't have to sing it, only listen; it is the most beautiful thing.


I'm listening, it is beautiful.

#68 forever freedom

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Posted 06 April 2009 - 12:02 AM

Meaning does not imply happiness.

Another question:

If you were immortal, but were unable to feel "happy" ("endlessly depressed"). Would you give up your immortatlity by choice?



Being unable to feel "happy" is different from being "endlessly depressed". In the former case, i'd want to live; but not in the latter.

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#69 fatboy

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 05:15 AM

Being unable to feel "happy" is different from being "endlessly depressed". In the former case, i'd want to live; but not in the latter.


I'd bet that in the end, you'd be happy enough in the middle. I know I am.

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