Phenomenology Of Death

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For months, I’ m puzzled about the idea of death. A friend, a colleague, a personality I follow on a social networking site and an acquaintance: they all succumbed to the inevitable. And so I wrote this… There’s a thin line that separates us from death. We stand inches away from eternity and every day is a step closer. Is death external to us or is it part and parcel of our being? I had known death even as a young kid. I started having a grasp on the matter with simple descriptions, yet with magical abstractions. I saw and heard death everywhere- on TV, over the radio and through experiences. Back then, death for me was only a temporary phenomenon. The media had influenced me a lot through their depiction of it. There’s dead person rising up to see again his/her loved ones and there’s the idea of reincarnation. As I grew up, my knowledge of death changed. Though it’s embarrassing to admit, I always cry when an actor dies in the movie, thinking he would never live again and make films. At that point, death to me was permanent. My idea then was concrete but still with humor in it. In the context of dying, when we cease to breathe, move and feel; we stay that way forever. There’s no way we can go back to our earthly bodies. Then we are buried because we begin to rot. We are buried because our utility as humans has already expired. The whole experience of death is transcendental. Even the great men of science cannot explain what really happens in the momentary leaving of the soul from the body. The thin line has been crossed and we are heading to eternity. To some, the destination is uncertain. Nobody knows what lies ahead. For millennia, no one died and saw how the whole process happened and went back to the world of the living to recount what he/she had been through. There are stories of near-death experiences but their recounts are out of the context of
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