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AnonymousCountry code: blank.gif, country type: ponyflag, valid: 42070133

>Awareness of death and awareness of how everything we do is a reaction to it saps all joy out of my life
>I am under so much mental strain 24/7 that I feel like all I want to do is sleep and nothing else
>Realize that I will sleep and nothing else once I die
>Suddenly life and death seem pretty cozy and compatible
Is this what enlightenment feels like? is this merely a temporary response to the "terror of death"? is death really the worst thing that could happen to a living organism?
Sometimes I find myself obsessing over the fact that death will come, but others I simply accept it and I'm done with it. I'm not even sure if I'm actually afraid of death itself or if I'm obsessed with me thinking that literally everyone is terrified of death so bad they can't even think about it or they go suicidally insane. But many people across history, common people, and even posters here make me think that that's not the case, that you really can be not afraid of dying, but not in a suicidal or "non bare bones" way (as in, having a cause to live or die for, having supernatural beliefs, having children to live on through them and so on). What I'm trying to say is, you can just face the fact that you and everyone dies, and that's that, no need for some emotional bandaid so to speak.
Those of you who are certain or uncertain of what happens after we die and have dedicated some thought to it, how do you live your everyday lives? do you think it is possible to just accept death without it being some sort of defense mechanism? or is death so great that we can't do anything but bury our heads in any kind of sand until it just comes?

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>>42070133

>Is this what enlightenment feels like?


Based on your description, it sounds like you've obtained a philosophical realization about death (which can help you eventually get to enlightenment), but I doubt it's actual full enlightenment in the zen buddhist sense.

>how do you live your everyday lives?


I try to make sure all of my actions are leading me towards enlightenment and not away

>do you think it is possible to just accept death without it being some sort of defense mechanism?


Yeah - that's what enlightenment basically is

>or is death so great that we can't do anything but bury our heads in any kind of sand until it just comes?


That's what most people do. At the very least, if not obtaining actual enlightenment, one can work towards its acceptance, while also accepting you're not there yet. Burying your head in the sand is what most people do, and it's the worst option because not only are you putting off dealing with death, but you're also putting off living

You seem to be making progress. Keep up the good work ~

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>>42070133
Slow down, nigga. Yeah, we're all going to die and we can't do anything about it. There's counseling for this, but hopefully it's ever needed at the natural later stages of someone's life.

I'll assume by the nature of this post that you're a teenager, and so the teacher in me feels obligated to tell you that none of that shit matters right now. Just listen:

Be on time with your classwork and homework. At least keep your grades good enough to pass and don't get arrested.

Think about what your future should look like 2 or even 4 years from now. You'll probably change your direction multiple times, but that is okay. Think about enrolling into college or a trade, but don't pick anything easy.

Just don't get anybody pregnant this early. That will fuck up your life for sure, and will probably make you want to die.

And above all, be honest with yourself always, and you'll be on the right path.
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Lisbox!uNItYjss.6Country code: blank.gif, country type: ponyflag, valid: 1 42070228

Maybe I'm just really fucking sleepy and not able to think about the implications in a way I usually would but even if death is just an endless expanse of nothingness I'm not able to comprehend it won't really matter once it happens.

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>>42070133
This is exactly the shit that prevents me from ever thinking about the future in anything but an ironic apocalyptic light.

unlikeable ponyCountry code: blank.gif, country type: ponyflag, valid: 1 42070232

>>42070133
>>Realize that I will sleep and nothing else once I die

I'd feel better if I actually believed that was what death was, rather than a cessation of existence (I.E., not even dreams, nothing)

Maroon Auburn!QEUQfdPtTMCountry code: blank.gif, country type: ponyflag, valid: 1 42070233

>Don't remember what life was like before death
>I just came into existence from nothing

So who says after I die I won't just be reborn as someone or something new in the future?

The universe works in strange ways, and I like to think it wants to be experienced, why else would it exist?

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>>42070133
Im too busy trying to squeeze what i want out of life to worry about death.

I've had everyone important to me die and everyone i have now is also going to be dead, and i will be too soon enough.

Stop wasting what life you have worrying about it. That time wasted, it's not coming back. Here's some wisdom, listen and heed:
William Shatner - You're Gonna Die

Live life like you're gonna die. Dont waste it!

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>>42070232
>not even dreams, nothing
Maybe I'm depressed or something, because that's more or less what I want out of it.
No more of this shit, not another fucking thought or action. No more dreaming or thinking. No more "good and bad" and no more to explore. No more memes and no more media or "deep" shit. I'm tired, so goddamn tired.

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uhh I dunno.
Try finding some sort of work that you find meaningful.

also why are you asking a cartoon image board lmao

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This happened to me when I was 8. It'll pass.

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>>42070269
Is it weird that I am 24 and I have literally never gone through this phase of "OMG death is so scary how can I live knowing I will die etc."?

Like holy shit, it's not even a big deal to me, chances are if you live moderately carefully and find things you enjoy you will have a good length and fulfilling life.

barring unfortunate freak accidents (that do happen sometimes, of course) death isn't some literal force lurking around every corner at every moment.

to answer OP's question: I just live my life, fam. It's not super complicated.

the irony of all my anxieties is that they are arbitrary and irrational compared to what most people worry about.
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Hubert!Zn.OKn9A2oCountry code: blank.gif, country type: ponyflag, valid: 1 42070344

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Living forever in bliss is more horrifying of an idea than losing permanent consciousness if you think about it.

It would kinda be the same thing as living as one of those girls in hentai that senpai forces to walk around with a vibrator under her skirt all day. Stay on max setting the whole time and you're in complete agony wishing it would stop.

AustroSpikeCountry code: blank.gif, country type: ponyflag, valid: 1 42070345

>Those of you who are certain or uncertain of what happens after we die and have dedicated some thought to it, how do you live your everyday lives? do you think it is possible to just accept death without it being some sort of defense mechanism? or is death so great that we can't do anything but bury our heads in any kind of sand until it just comes?
Well, I know I'm gonna die, but I'm really avoiding dying as long as I can.
And I'm not letting the certainty of death suck any enjoyment and purposefulness from life. Don't know how else one would live life.
>>42070293
Far more than the death thing what hits me hard occasionally is the "subjective mind trapped in a body" thing.
You try to empathize but you never fully can, you try to capture things as they are, but it's all actually in you(r brain). All the shit you ever experience is in you and you alone.

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>>42070344
Isn't that example more of a weakness of flesh problem?

Chewy!!Twilight SparkleCountry code: ponies-twilight.png, country type: ponyflag, valid: 1  42070353

>>42070344
>you're in complete agony wishing it would stop.
Then...it wouldn't be bliss.
>>42070345
>All the shit you ever experience is in you and you alone.
Is it tho? I'm not sure I believe the whole philosophical "external reality doesn't actually exist" or whatever thing, and even if it doesn't, I don't think it can ever be proven, so it doesn't matter to me.

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>>42070353
I meant more like, it does exist, but through your own filter, and triangulation will never achieve the same accuracy.
But anyway, it's better if it never bothers you.

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>>42070353
>>42070346
I'll admit I wasn't being serious, and it is a bad analogy. I can't accept the idea of an afterlife without any struggles like a lot of people tend to get behind.

Imagine living in some reality where there are no problems and every day you are as overjoyed as the last, with absolutely no problems to solve and no goals to strive towards because all obstacles in the way of your comfort have been removed. Also think about the horror that you have to spend eternity there and can't even leave. The novelty would wear off quickly, I think, like the honeymoon of being on some addictive drug.

Maybe when we stay up late at night and think about our problems, we should feel somewhat lucky to even have them. they give us purpose, after all.

Macaroni !RevGiOKgRoCountry code: ponies-twilight.png, country type: ponyflag, valid: 1  42070365

>>42070364
Your premise is a contradiction in itself, given that first we have a situation of unending joy by definition, which is then taken to end by mechanisms that are necessarily forbidden by these aforementioned definitions.

Such a scenario could just be as simple as the circuitry that composes your mind simply not being allowed whatever processes allow it to adapt or adjust to a given emotional sensation, and by this situation, misery would literally be an impossible scenario.

Any joys you feel in your struggling life would be surpassed by those under these circumstances, regardless of whether they are from gross sensations or the fulfillment of an abstracted meaning; whatever configurations of the mind produce whatever positive sensations in your mind or in others, would be found in them too, and if not permitted any rewiring or release/purging of new/old hormones, they could not decay or dampen with time.

...The creation of such pleasure machines actually makes for some rather fun paradoxes and debates with utilitarian moral systems. Which I find to be more interesting than the 'how' of how a heaven could work, but that's just me.

Chewy!!Twilight SparkleCountry code: ponies-twilight.png, country type: ponyflag, valid: 1  42070366

>>42070364
>Maybe when we stay up late at night and think about our problems, we should feel somewhat lucky to even have them. they give us purpose, after all.

Fuck no. That's not what gives people "purpose." You make your purpose. The very nature of figuring out your own life is that you will encounter problems, but they are not what defines what makes you, you. The reason problems occur is because "nothing worth doing is easy", essentially.

Also the catch 22 of utopia being misery is that, if that's the case, then utopia is not actually possible, because by definition utopia cannot include misery.


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