Regardless of race, religion, geographical area, or time period, every human has wondered about the one fact of life that unifies us all: What is death?
Throughout history, different mythologies and theologies have explained the nature of death in countless ways, ranging from total annihilation to immediate life after death in the presence of God … or in torment. Some groups allow their dead to “work off” their badness and eventually reach paradise.
Others envision life after death filled with a never-ending abundance of the pleasures of earthly life. Some teach that the dead are rewarded by becoming gods unto themselves, while others teach earthly reincarnation based on the deeds of the previous life.
Regardless of a person’s particular belief system, however, the fact remains that death is the end of life … or at least life as we know it. Death, dying, and the afterlife are all shrouded in deep mystery, cloaked in darkness and generally surrounded by fear and apprehension. The very idea of death strikes fear into many people’s hearts.
Watching this video, I find the philosophy in it more comforting than any other explanation that religion or science have ever offered humanity regarding death.
These are words written by Richard Dawkins in his book ‘Unweaving the Rainbow’. It’s been said that his wish was to have the first lines of the book read at his funeral.
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