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What Is Death?

Elsa
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"Death cannot explain itself. The earnestness consists precisely in this, that the observer must explain it to himself."
- Soren Kierkegaard

I came across this quote. Whew!

How would you explain death?

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I think of existence as a contraction of infinite possibility into  boundaries of identity. This is this and that is that. The boundaries are more or less permeable during life depending on the nature of the identity contractions inherent there. This accounts for psychic anomolies that we experience but have little "hard science" to track.

Along with this the species has a life cycle which includes boundary formation and strengthing throughout the lifespan. We have to phyisically and psychologically establish maintain and explore personal boundaries, their gifts and detriments. As you self actualize it starts to give way to a more transcendant perspective in the last quarter of life as the boundary softens and releases at the end of "life". This end of contraction is the nondual destination where words (the ultimate defining tools of "this not that") evaporate and can't be described. This can happen before the body contraction gives way to final entropy and death depending on the level of self actualization achieved or at the time time of actual death. 

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@jana You are one of the deepest thinkers I’ve ever “met” Jana. The way you weave concepts is so cool!

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@libra-noir 

Thanks!  I always look for your take on things. You seem so willing to sit with the discomfort of not knowing and feel your way into understanding. It's very instructive for a Mercury/Saturn type like myself Smile

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@jana wow! I was thinking along the lines of, your heart stops!  It's certainly a mystery but what appealed to me about this quote is that most people do have to come to terms with it at some point.  It's like it eventually comes to greet you in some form.

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I find it impossible to conceive of an end of consciousness in some form, simply incomprehensible, though oblivion would certainly be preferable to never being free of whatever one would want to erase or forget.

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I heard someone recently talking about birth as a transition... and I would guess death is similar, but opposite to that.

A permanent, irreversible transition.

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"Death cannot explain itself. The earnestness consists precisely in this, that the observer must explain it to himself."
- Soren Kierkegaard

The ‘observer’?! Wouldn’t that be the person who dies? Strange to describe him as ‘the observer’.  Still, the dying person does have to explain it to himself…because he’s alone.

Of course I’m just guessing, but I bet the big surprise is:: hey! My body just croaked, but somehow I’m still here - I’m still conscious. Whoa!    WTF?!    Or hopefully something a little more articulate and uplifting.

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