With the exception of a few special cases recorded in the Holy Books, every human being created has an ultimate end, which is death. In both modern and traditional societies, death is regarded as the most important rite of passage. It was thought to be the human being’s final destination. Because the human body is mortal, it follows that the human being will die. The human body dies because it is made up of tissues that must die after a long time, whatever that time may be, in contrast to spiritual beings who do not die. Death sometimes is regarded to be an evil thing which normally happens to human beings and this makes some people have the zeal to desire for forever living and fear of death is inherent to them. Some other people perceive death as a form of resting and this gives them a confidence that death itself is helpful especially when it happens at old age. This makes it hard to tell which side is the most effective in perception to the death concept. These are some of the issues this essay it’s going to address.
Some philosophers argue that after death one exists in the form of spirit and others argue that the life ends at a point of death. It is from death where we get the definition of life, in other words, the death helps in defining life, and we cannot have full satisfaction of defined life without the stage of death. This essay will deal with the issue of the importance of living forever without dying and its disadvantages; it will also address the issue and the importance of dying and its drawbacks. It will try to help understand whether we can survive death and whether it will be a good thing to sustain the immortality form.
There are some advantages or even pros for the immortal living. These are the strengths one has in his or her mind in response to immoral living. The discussion follows shows some of the pros for the immortal living. One of the main pros is that one will never die; something everyone is assured of undergoing will have not to undergo it. Assurance of immortality will make people make the craziest things in lives buying into any risk having the assurance of life, some of the risks may include freckles driving, jumping over and over the high things, taking in any form of fatal action. These make one feel free from any form of injury and its consequences which sometimes and most probably translates into death.
Knowing that God is the only immortal being in existence, human beings desiring to live forever will build in them that superiority in existence which is not granted to human beings. Having an immortal life would translate to the fact that we will be able to interact, see and socialite with our friends, family members, and the relatives forever this would take away the sorrow we normally experience when our loved ones leave us or in other words die. This will make our lives simpler and enjoyable for it makes us enjoy the privilege of unending living of our loved ones (Scheffler 32).
Another major pro for the immortal living could be that the state of our bodies not requiring substances for sustenance. Basically, our bodies require food substances for growth, vitamins for good health, and proteins for bodybuilding and carbohydrates for the strength of the body. The state of immortality would make us not to be in need of the substances especially food-related substances. Living in a world where there is no need to eat and no hunger would make it more enjoyable and without and this makes life without death smoothly.
Living forever would mean having enough time to witness everything happening in the world. In the present world, there are many things which do happen: wonders are still happening, witnessing endless volcanic activities, there would be endless sports activities categorized as the world cup activities, premier leagues, championships and the athletics activities. Other types of activities to be enjoyed would include political campaigns with an exchange of powers, one would witness things like earthquakes, rains, and seasonality. Some of the important activities occur once in a lifetime of human beings and having immortal living would translate to having more of these activities frequently (Rowman & Littlefield 23).
Besides having discussed various pros of immortal living among human beings there are still a number of cons for the same which tries to argue out the disadvantages of immortality or rather the advantages of death as a passage of human beings. The discussion which follows explains major cons for the immortality. And to start with living forever on earth would cause more suffering to human beings as the earth would run out of resources and become too crowded. There would be a lot of land fragmentation leading to fighting for the resources and this would translate to more suffering to human beings, people are created to enjoy and have satisfaction of everything they need without competition, having endless generation would make life more hard, people would suffer and the land itself will be overused especially in the sector of agriculture, the land would be unproductive and fewer yields making live more hard. The overcrowding of the earth by the animals, human beings, and the flora would make the ratio of human beings to other organisms and materials combined would be less. These points from the explanation show that human beings dying would be advantageous to the coming generation.
Another con for the human bodies dying is that we cannot continue possessing material items any time long. Human beings in their lifetime have the possession of materials. Some which are the acquired one and others are inherent from the forefathers. Sometimes it would be good to hand over some materials under possession, this can happen more effectively after the death of the owner. It is stressful and costly to keep and maintain some material items and other materials are the burden to the owners, making their lives better and enjoyable would be better to let go the materials. It is also viewed as leaving our loved ones behind when we die. Sometimes it would not be an easy thing to leave one’s loved ones but death sometimes will force it. Instead of living forever with our loved ones and enjoying the life together death brings a line of separation between the living and the dead ones. One would consider not dying but rather stay alive forever seeing his or her loved ones, family members, and relatives but the opposite of what happens when one dies and the perceived happiness is changing to something else (Russell 12-13).
I am imagining of the endless boredom from the diseases of this world, boredom from many people, in fact, billions and billions of people, with the current global warming situation in the world would make people suffer more and with no nowhere to run for help. Living for years and years over and over again would make the life so boring and without a sense. With millions of years to live will make everyone to go all the places they need to visit until they become exhausted and this will mean that in the other years one will have no place to visit translating to more boredom.
Procrastinations would be the order of the day since one is much assured of the tomorrow living, saying that I will do it tomorrow and this would create a lot of laziness amongst the human beings, this is the worst situation a person can be. Sometimes people take actions based on the idea of they will die soon, it is used as a defensive mechanism against the uncertainties of the tomorrow (Kierkegaard and Lowrie 10)
According to me it would be so much satisfying more if we don’t have the immortal character with us, it would make us have the transition of life, and evolution will continue to occur as the theory of history explains. Death would make more advances and start-ups of new form and mode of living basically what we call modernization. Brutal things may happen if many people overcrowd in the land and this makes me strongly agree that death would be a good thing to undergo since it defines life and concludes life.
Kierkegaard, Søren, and Walter Lowrie. Fear and Trembling, And. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2013.
Rowman, Robert and Kastenbaum, Littlefield. Death, society, and human experience. Routledge, 2015, pp 22-29.
Russell, Bertrand. What I believe. Routledge, 2013, pp.12-51.
Scheffler, Samuel. Death and the Afterlife. Oxford University Press, 2013, pp 30-33