Sushan wrote: ↑May 8th, 2022, 10:19 pm
[...] So I feel like life as a tragedy and death as a gift. What about you?
I understand this quote as lament for growing up and gaining knowledge of our own mortality.
What dies inside of us is the ignorance, the naivety, the happy child in our mind that discovers that life is limited.
That is the tragedy!
Our imagination, our capacity to reflect and project ourselves in the future, our capacity to predict what will happen to us given what we observe on others. When we mature and gain these capacities, we loose a part of us. We loose our immortality while gaining consciousness.
I think the way to deal with fear has nothing to do with the quote and I myself have no solution for that. Although I appreciate that Epicure quote, which helped me when I was 16 to avoid anxiety due to fear of death, I think it is now too simple of an explanation to really deal with other feelings, thoughts and needs that came with time and maturity.
For some people, consciousness of death leads necessarily to Nihilism. For others is Religion the way to give an easy answer to a rather complex process atheists have to go through.
I observe though, that consciousness of death can be used in our favor too.
"Momento Mori! Remember you are gonna die one day or another." That can be an invitation to develop awareness. That awareness can be used a booster to focus on what really matters to you. That can lead to a fulfilling life worth living.
Failing in this endeavor can make your life also very miserable and lead automatically to Nihilism.
Do you think purpose and fulfilment in your life (from an atheist/agnostic point of view) is an idea exclusive for millennial generations? I think millennials are (more) obsessed with purpose than let's say one or two previous generations.
Is the historical moment influencing our way to deal with fear of death?