Is It Reasonable to Be Afraid of Death?
We shall all die. I am not trying to be apocalyptic or something; it is simply a statement of fact. Every living being dies in the long run, however, there are a lot of possibilities to postpone death. A man may live 20, 50, 80 or even 100 years; but no man can live, for example, 200 years. Thus, death is foreseeable for all of us, and there is nothing we can do about it.
I very much doubt that the development of science and technology will ever do anything about it. And, quite logically, it seems that there is no need to be afraid of it. But does it help us not to be afraid? Hardly so. I don’t believe there is a single person in this world who is not afraid of it – even if one persuades himself in the opposite, some animal fear still remains.
And, perhaps, it is right. For there is some kind of unpleasant fatalism in being indifferent to death; I feel it as if a man who is really indifferent to death will be in the same way quite indifferent to life. The will to preserve life is embedded in the innermost of our nature, and this, probably, can be compromised by the absence of fear of death.
Thus, to my mind, we are all afraid of death for a good reason, for it helps us stay alive. Who knows, maybe if we weren’t afraid to die, we would be all too eager to do it in case of little problems that, normally, are considered to be too petty to be causing depression.
Fear Of Death Essay
Death it is something we all must face at one point in our lives or another. It is either a death of a loved one, friend or co-worker. Sometimes it’s the devastation from a natural disaster. No matter what makes us face the idea of death it is how we handle this realization that truly matters. When Gilgamesh is faced with the horrendous loss of his dear friend and comrade Enkidu he begins to fear death. In Gilgamesh’s youth he is proud without fear of death, it is not until he watches his friend die that his own mortality becomes a fear.
The story begins showing Gilgamesh as a strong warrior as shown when he first meets Enkidu who wants to stop Gilgamesh from having relations with a woman on her wedding night. “They grappled each other, holding fast like wrestlers, They shattered the doorpost, the wall shook…They grappled each other at the door to the wedding, They fought in the street, the public square…It was Gilgamesh who knelt for the pin, his foot on the ground” (23). This shows that Gilgamesh is strong and is not afraid to fight. Here the reader is unable to see if he fears death but he faces a challenge head on. This shows a lack of fear of the unknown in regards to a fight. He is sure of himself and knows that he will win regardless of his opponent. As we read further we are told about Gilgamesh wanting to go into to the forest to kill the monster Humbaba. As he and Enkidu are preparing for the fight Enkidu speaks of his concerns in which Gilgamesh responds with “Here you are, even you, afraid of death…If I fall on the way, I’ll establish my name: ‘Gilgamesh, who joined battle with fierce Humbaba’”(26) this gives the idea that Gilgamesh is accepting to death at this point. He is not afraid of death because of the way he will be looked at in history. This adds to his confidence by allowing us to understand that he has no fear because he is open to legend he will become if he dies during this quest. Later when Gilgamesh is told by the elders that the quest is technically his death warrant he laughs and says “I am afraid” (28) this showing that he does not fear death at this point in time. When they finally reach Humbaba they begin to fight when Gilgamesh states “Forget about death” (39) here we see that Gilgamesh is saying death is not an issue. They are there to fight and not worry about the consequences even if it is death. Towards the end of the battle Humbaba realizes he will lose and begins to beg for mercy. He pleads with Gilgamesh to spare his life while Enkidu tells him to finish him off. When Gilgamesh finally decides to carry out with the orginal plan Humbaba cures them both saying “May the pair of them never reach old age” (43) this is basically saying may they day at a young age. At this point Gilgamesh does not seem to be shaken with the words of Humbaba and finishes him off. After this battle Gilgamesh offends Ishtar by refusing her prosal, she then convinces the Bull of Heaven to go after them. ...
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