The worst way to die is to know the day of your death


Charles Krauthammer, the sometimes conservative commentor on Fox, has publically announced that he is dying and has only a few weeks to live.

This is the saddest way to die, to essentially know the day of your death. People in this position are naturally obsessed with their upcoming deaths. It's a lousy way to live life. Krauthammer must wake up every morning thinking he is one day closer to his death. It must be impossible for him to think of anything else.

Now look at President Trump. He's 71 years of age. Men die in their 70's all the time. But President Trump surely isn't obsessed with his death. That's because he has no idea when it will come. He could die tomorrow, next week, next month, or live until he's 80, or 90, or longer. Because Trump, like most people, don't know the date of their death, they can live happier lives. Since they don't know when they will die, they don't think about it, or if they do, they often think their death will occur later than it actually will.

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That's why some 80 year olds aren't obsessed with death. They could die tomorrow, or live until they are 85 or longer. Even 90 year olds don't know when they are going to die. There are probably 90 year olds living happier lives than Charles Krauthammer, because unlike Krauthammer, they have the illusion of a long, undefined, indeterminate life.

Some people think that animals have it the best. While animals have fears of being harmed, animals have no concept of death or non-existence. Never has an animal walked the planet who feared dying, because animals have no concept of dying.

Would it be better if people were like that? What if people had no concept of death? Would they lead happier lives? Many people fear death and think about death even if the date of their death is not set. That obsession with death could be magically lifted away and people could have much happier lives if they didn't have an understanding of death.

On the other hand, some people say that death gives meaning to life. If life is unlimited, or perceived to be unlimited, people don't value it. I personally believe that the reason many people are happier as they get older is that they know their years remaining are limited and so appreciate life more. A 70 year old can appreciate an ice cream cone or a walk in a park in a way that a 7 year old would be almost completely oblivious to. That's because the 70 year old realizes that life is limited and he wants to get the most from it.

What do you think? Would people be better off if they had no concept of death? Or are we better off than animals with the knowledge we have?

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