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Ohh yes Not at all
Debate Score:52
Arguments:34
Total Votes:56
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Are you afraid of death?

Ohh yes

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Not at all

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3 points

Fear of death is a phobia. Its really dumb to be afraid of something you most likely have no control over.

Necrophobia- Fear of death or dead things.

http://www.phobialist.com/

Side: Not at all
2 points

While the fear of dying or death is universal it certainly does not mean you have a phobia! The type of phobia you refer to is different than what the author meant, I believe. That would be classified as Thantophobia or Thanatophobia and not Nercrophobia, however, no phobia is DUMB. We are all afraid of something we have no control over but to have an actual phobia is a matter of degree.

Phobias do not live in your logical mind. Rather they exist in the irrational fear of something which the mind cannot control. People who live with phobias are aware of this if they are ready to face that fear. It often takes months and years to overcome some of them. When I worked for T.W.A. therapists who work with phobia would bring 20-25 "passengers" on board just to sit in the seats of an airplane! They were never to leave the ground but what went on there was heartbreaking for some of those people. They shook, they shivered, they white knuckled their arm rests, they buried their heads in their hands or into the seat in front of them. It was quite sad and utterly mind boggling to watch this.

May you never feel the panic people with phobias truly feel while trying to overcome these things. No, it's not dumb...not at all. What is dumb is that some people haven't the capacity for empathy needed in these matters. And yes, I am afraid to die...the thing is, is that I suffer no irrational fears because of it.

Side: Not at all
3 points

Of course.

It's a very important survival mechanism, fear of death.

Anyone who isn't afraid of dying is either lying or delusional.

Side: Ohh yes
RandomX2(13) Disputed
3 points

"Anyone who isn't afraid of dying is either lying or delusional."

That's a pretty bold statement that you made there, but I don't think that's a fair argument because it's impossible to prove (short of learning of EVERY human being on the earth). I'm sure that there are people that have no (or very little) fear of death. I know it was really a children's novel, but I feel like quoting Rowling when she wrote, "To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure." Personally, I believe this to be true. Why are we so afraid of dying? We cease to live, and life carries on... so what? That's honestly how I feel about death. Yes, I'd definitely PREFER to live because then I can experience things. Something is better than nothing. But IF I died, what would I have to be scared of?

Keep in mind that I'm separating dying (as a whole) and the process of death (involving the failure of the body or whatever the cause is). I'm concerned only with dying.

Of all the groups I've witnessed in my (admittedly short) life, I'd say that the religious generally have the least fear of death. Note that by religious, I mean logically religious (not the zealous followers who accept everything thrown at them without question). Of course, I speak only from my limited personal observations, but I think I could list one or two people who genuinely seem not to care at all for death.

I realize now that I'm answering the main topic question instead of arguing against what you just wrote. So my answer to your question can really be found in the first 2 sentences of the second paragraph. Furthermore...

"It's a very important survival mechanism, fear of death."

I don't think that's REALLY so relevant. Or at least, it's not absolute. It's like saying that wanting to eat other animals is an important survival mechanism (and therefore absolute). It's helpful, but it's possible to overcome that desire and to live without eating animals (vegetarianism). Likewise, it's fully possible to live without a fear of death. Sure, it's more LIKELY that you'll die, but it's still possible.

--RandomX2

P.S.: I know, I didn't really argue my side too clearly. But this is all opinions, so I can't be absolute with this. Or perhaps I can, but I really need to sleep...

Ah, who am I kidding? More posting!

Side: Not at all
iamdavidh(4871) Disputed
1 point

1. Thank you very much for putting forth a very logical arguement.

2. You are absolutely correct that one would have to know every person to make such an all encompassing statement as "anyone..."

Maybe "fear" isn't the best adjective, it's more like an aversion to the whole business which feels a lot like fear. But I don't think there is anything to be afraid of, since I don't think I would have any conscious to feel any emotion whatsoever.

To paraphrase Mark Twain: I was dead for millions of years before I was ever alive, and it never inconvenienced me in the least.

Still though, whether one thinks there's nothing, or if they think they only pretend die (the religious) human's natural instinct to continue living, and natural fear of the unknown and different, is a lot to overcome, regardless of mental state.

Side: Ohh yes
3 points

Im only saying yes because I am afraid of what happens after I die. Is there heaven and if there is what is that all about, is it just clouds and angels what. Maybe there's reincarnation (which Im hoping for) and if so wouldn't that mean that if I made a mistake in this life it really would not matter because my next life will be fine. Or is there nothingness and if there is how can that be, how will we know. Will we be able to know that we are in nothingness or will there just be nothingness. Can we think while in the nothingness? I don't know and that is what really scares me.

Side: Ohh yes
0 points

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Side: Ohh yes
2 points

Well, I'm not paranoid, as in thinking that I could die at any minute. I figure if i die without knowing it, i will never know it. so that's not so bad.

Knowing that i'm about to die is different. Then I have to wait for that void. The journey into nothingness. Makes me wish there was an afterlife.

Side: Ohh yes

It's not death itself that I'm afraid of. It's more of not being able to go down without a fight. I'm all into that die with honor or die in an incredibly awkward situation...eg. have a heart attack mid orgasm or die while saving a family from a burning home.

Side: Ohh yes
1 point

Uriel Sebree (1848–1922) was a career officer in the United States Navy. He entered the Naval Academy during the Civil War and served until 1910, retiring as a rear admiral. He is best remembered for his two expeditions into the Arctic and for serving as the second acting governor of American Samoa

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Side: Ohh yes

I'm not afraid of dying of Natural Causes but I am afraid of getting murdered and how much it'll hurt and all that. I know I'm most likely going to Heaven but there is a chance I will go to Hell! So I am not concerning over the after death, which is why most ppl are afraid. I just don't want it to hurt!

Side: Ohh yes
1 point

Yes I have no idea what will happen. If in fact death leads to nothingness than I don't want to stop existing! If a religions right and I'm going to heaven or hell dependent on my actions than I don't know enough to know which I would go to. I don't want to go to hell especially Catholic hell. Have you ever read Dante's Inferno? Not a fun place.

Side: Ohh yes
1 point

Uriel Sebree (1848–1922) was a career officer in the United States Navy. He entered the Naval Academy during the Civil War and served until 1910, retiring as a rear admiral. He is best remembered for his two expeditions into the Arctic and for serving as the second acting governor of American Samoa

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Side: Ohh yes
1 point

Life is the unknown and the unknowable; so is death; You never really know what will gonna happen after you breathed your last so this is the main reason why you develop this fear, its a big void beyond there and its just scary and stupid thinking about it. I come to terms with just living life as what it every single day brings me. Just be productive and always give it your best shot. I always make it a point that I show my love to all those people that's close to my heart so whatever happens they know that I love them. Just always live each day as if it were your last and you'll have no regrets wherever lifes leads you.

Side: Ohh yes
1 point

Uriel Sebree (1848–1922) was a career officer in the United States Navy. He entered the Naval Academy during the Civil War and served until 1910, retiring as a rear admiral. He is best remembered for his two expeditions into the Arctic and for serving as the second acting governor of American Samoa

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Side: Ohh yes
1 point

Death is a very touchy subject, everyone will experience this. Hopefully it will the natural way, in your sleep.

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Side: Ohh yes
Elvira(3447) Disputed
1 point

Scary- dieing in your sleep, the idea of not waking up? No- I'd much rather be fully aware & awake when I die.

Side: Not at all

It is not so much a fear of death as a fear of non-existence. What if there is nothing after death. I could die hundreds of times if I knew there was something after. Can you imagine dieing and then seizing to existence? Religion could just be something we made up to explain the universe. But now we have science for that. I can't think of anything worse than non-existence.

Side: Ohh yes
3 points

Everyone's scared of what's ahead, mostly because we don't know and humans don't like not knowing.

I'm not saying I'm not scared at all, but I keep it in check. If you think about it all the time, it will eat into you.

Side: Not at all

I wouldn't say im not afraid at all, it's just the not knowing of what comes after death, whether it be heaven, hell, or reincarnation or things of the like.

Side: kind of
2 points

I believe in life after death. The only thing i am worried about is where I am gonna go.

Side: Not at all
2 points

I'm not scared of death at all I do worry about what is after death though. To be scared of death is to be scared of living. I am ready for death now, or any time in the future. I could die at 16 or 100 who the hell knows? But it is going to happen and I am not worried about the inevitable.

Side: Not at all
2 points

You cannot fear what is going to happen there are much more important things to worry about. Try not to run the future when you haven't heard the gunshot for the present.

Side: Not at all
2 points

Nobody can say they're not afraid of death at all. However, I don't think about it. I try to live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment of it. When death comes, I feel I'll be able to accept it (as long as it's not anytime soon), but I don't fear it will be soon.

Side: Not at all

Sometimes i pray for it. Especially around this time of year. I hate doing my taxes. I'm like, "Just take me know and get it over with. Why must you toy with me?" ;)

Side: Not at all
1 point

Death its self? No. Dying, well, it depends on how and when I die.

If I die of a stroke or something when I'm 95, I think I'm doing okay. But if I die in a freak accident tomorrow, yeah thats pretty scary, I'm not gonna lie, its normal. I like what David said on the other side.

Side: dying maybe but not death

As the doctor would say: Death is an unquantifiable abstract.

Side: Not at all
1 point

all i know, is that i'm going to die telling some stupid joke. (:

Side: Not at all
1 point

when my day comes iam pretty sure the last thing I will think about is oh crap im bout to die

Side: Not at all
1 point

Thinking about death is uncomfortable, the feeling of what true nothingness is like. It's impossible to imagine not existing but I remind myself that not existing precludes my ability to care or feel remorse about the situation so in this respect I do not fear death. I only hope that I don't face my last moments alone, or wind up completely forgotten.

Side: Not at all
1 point

Most people are mildly afraid of death. We are aware of our own mortality. But, not so much that it becomes a phobia. I have a small collections of phobias I can't shake. Thanatophobia is not one of them. (Btw, Thanatophobia and Necrophobia are two distinctly different fears of death.) Although, I imagine being put in a room with dead bodys might send me into a state of shock. I'm going to assume that you mean "afraid of your eventual death".

Side: Not at all
1 point

I'm not scared of death- but I am scared of being old. Old people scare me- grey hair, zimmer frames, arthiritis, wrinkles, brittle bones...

Side: Not at all
1 point

i think to be afraid of death it is like to be afraid of any examination, and all we know that this time will come for every one and just we should or must exept it. and like many religions state that death is just begining of another life. and i think death is interesting istead of to be scarying

Side: Not at all