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Death Essay

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When you think of the word “death” what exactly comes to mind? For most people you may think of pitch black darkness for death is the opposite, the recipical of life just like darkness is the opposite of light it remains a mysterious phenomenon that we all must experience. Just like darkness we don’t know what’s inside it, we have no idea what happens after death therefore we fear it. In fact in Eckhart Tolle’s article “The Origin of Fear” he brings to us a thesis of “but ultimately all fear is the ego's fear of death, of annihilation. To the ego, death is always just around the corner.”(Tolle) This is a very powerful realization that all fear is the fear of death, we fear a spider because it may kill us, we have a fear of heights because we may fall to our death. But fortunately for us, in the novel “Tuesdays With Morrie” we have a dying Socially Professor Morrie Schwartz who is just on the bridge between life and death. He gives us another realization that we shouldn’t fear death for it is not this be all end all concept, that it may be the opposite of life but shouldn’t be considered a villainous ego and that death is needed for it is the great equalizer in nature.
The misconception that some people may have that causes them to fear it is that it’s this be all end all concept it’s like you would never have had existed. Some religions and cultures do believe that there is an afterlife and that helps them fear death less. In “Tuesdays With Morrie” an afterlife is neither encouraged nor discouraged but they do talk about how you live on with other people. What Morrie means is that even if there is no afterlife and you are just rotting in the ground you are still alive in the minds of the people you knew, in the memory, in the hearts. As Morrie kept on saying to his student Mitch “And love is the way you stay alive, even after you’re gone.” (Albom, 80) Morrie brings this up again when he is speaking to Mitch about if he will see him at his grave and talk about Mitch’s problems, Mitch can’t grasp this like most of us and says “It won’t be the same, not being able to hear you talk” and Morrie replies with “Tell you what. After I’m dead, you talk. And I’ll listen.” (Albom, 171) At this point we can tell that Morrie does believe that this is the way you can stay alive and it is very true, we can all relate to it we all have a cherished memory of somebody close that has passed away and when you think about them you can remember exactly how they were and what they would be saying right now if they were still alive, and in a way doesn’t that still mean they are alive? Morrie believes so and came up with a very nice conclusion for the afterlife and it goes like this “death ends a life, not a relationship.” (Albom, 171) If you can think of an afterlife like Morrie does as just another stage in forever lasting relationships, then you will find that death will not seem so fearful anymore.
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