10 Good Questions About Life And Death by Christopher Belshaw

By Christopher Belshaw

10 solid questions on lifestyles and Death makes us reassess approximately the most very important concerns we ever need to face.

  • Addresses the basic questions that many people ask approximately existence and death.
  • Written in an attractive and easy type, perfect for people with no formal heritage in philosophy.
  • Focuses on generally reflected matters, akin to: Is lifestyles sacred? Is it undesirable to die? Is there existence after demise? Does lifestyles have which means? And which lifestyles is best?
  • Encourages readers to consider and reply to the human condition.
  • Features case experiences, thought-experiments, and references to literature, movie, song, faith and myth.

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But it’s hard to believe this. A lot of people think that it can, in some circumstances, be better to die than to live. We can think this about wounded animals, when we put them out of their misery. And even if there are reservations about euthanasia, it’s hard not to think that present pain and future prospects together might be such that for someone’s life to end is better, and better for them, than for it to continue. But on the Epicurean view, thoughts like these must be muddled. You think you should shoot the fox that’s being torn apart by hounds?

If someone developing Alzheimer’s dies, then a worthwhile life is lost, but it would, because of the disease, be lost anyway. It’s worth considering a further, and different case. Many of us are naturally inclined, or sentimentally reared to think of animal deaths, in 46 10 Good Questions about Life and Death GQAC04 46 02/14/2005, 03:40PM many cases, as bad. We grieve over the death of pets, fight tooth and nail against fox-hunting, and go to ridiculous lengths, as I do, to capture and then free mice rather than kill them.

Nor was he. Both of them would have got over it. Chatterton, too, almost certainly over-reacted when he took his failure as a poet so much to heart, and ended his life at 18. But equally, people can get it right. There are cases where there’s just not enough of value in someone’s life to compensate and counter the bad, and where it really isn’t in any way good for them to go on living. Maybe it’s like this for José and Ramon. Maybe pain, frustration, the hopelessness of the future is all so much that they’re right to think they’ll be better off dead.

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