Do You Disappear When You Die?

It depends if you believe in an essence

Many philosophers seem to think, you simply 'disappear' when you die, 'erased' from the framework of reality as one would rub out a drawing on the blackboard. I think it would be a serious mistake to think this way. Time maga­zine had it right when it represented the death of bin Laden, hence his 'nonexistence' with a picture of him on the cover, crossed out with a big X. If you’re lecturing on the capture and killing of bin Laden, you might draw a picture of him on the blackboard, and then conclude your lecture by drawing, as Time did, a big X across that drawing. That would be the right thing to do. The wrong thing to do would be to simply erase the drawing, to rub it out. A blank blackboard does not represent the death of bin Laden. On the contrary, it represents nothing. Bin Laden, on dying, did not become nothing, just as he did not come from nothing. (Ex nihilo, nihil fit.)

Just this, however, seems to have escaped many, if not most philosop

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It's actually very deep material, I can tell you that for sure. That being said, despite mortality and the essentially inferior nature of it, people still strive for their own superiority instead of dealing with the existential. You can even trace this to the book Animal Farm, which, while not exactly about death, is inextricably linked to the theme of confrontation in life. I read a very good essay on the subject at https://studydriver.com/napoleon-vs-snowball/ , so be sure to check it out and read it. I think it will be helpful if you want to understand it better through confrontation. Without dealing with life, it's hard to start thinking about death.

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Death is the change of state from animate to inanimate. Spend 10 min with a dead person and you can see and sense that they no longer are present in the body. The body that has been left will seem somewhat distorted, different from when the person was alive. they are not there. does some part of the animate being still exist somewhere else or has it simply cease to be?

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Death is the end of life in this reality. What happens after death is unknown and unknowable, and therefore not of concern.

~The Divine Law