Thank you for the empathy, and I will definitely look into those works by Harris. (Harris is cool)
deschainXIX wrote:It is the recognition that such concepts as the “future” or the “past” are nothing more than thoughts. They are nonexistent.
The only thing we can know for certain is the present moment. And that is where we must live. We must learn to be content with mere existence and sensation. We can enjoy no aspect of our lives if we are constantly cluttering our minds with thoughts that it will all one day end. When eating a delicious, perfect meal, you probably aren’t thinking to yourself that it will be over soon, and that perfect taste nothing more than a memory. Probably you only sit there, thinking not much at all, simply enjoying the sensations and pleasures of that meal. That’s the sort of attitude we must exercise throughout our lives with if we want happiness.
That sounds like a good idea, and I've tried it too. It's just as if the thought of death is a cancer of the mind, and I can't get rid of it. "An idea is the most resilient parasite."
Also, what you've said reminds me of one of my favorite quotes!
"Remember the past, and fear not the future, for it does not exist and never will. There is only now."
deschainXIX wrote:I, for one, like the idea of falling into a depthless sleep of oblivion forever.
Oh my goodness, that scares me lol.
deschainXIX wrote:In response to your second paragraph:
I think it wouldn’t be like anything. When you fall asleep at night, you never really feel or can remember what it is like to slip off into subconsciousness. It just happens. No one really knows or can relate what it’s like. Dying is probably like that. It just … happens.
Yeah, I've read some people's explanations of what it feels like to die when they were clinically pronounced dead for some time but came back. One guy said it felt like blackness was closing in and his senses were becoming weaker. He then remembers being awake and feeling very confused. He said he didn't even notice that he died, and never would have if he hadn't come back.
What makes me so unsettled about the whole dying this is just the whole feeling of how he never would've known it happened. Idk why that bothers me so much.