Essay on What Happens When You Die?

985 Words Sep 26th, 2016 4 Pages
What happens when you die? This question entered the mind of every human being at some point in their life. Many look towards religion to find an answer; different religions have different beliefs in the afterlife. Some look toward heaven, while others see death as the end of our thought, and become nothing. No one has come back from the dead to tell us what happens (if anything at all). We are left to our own assumptions and views on how we think about death, whether fears, faith, or no thought at all. The philosopher, Socrates talks about death and the role it can play in the lives of men in the Apology. Socrates knows that many fear death, but he himself, does not. Ultimately, some saw him as courageous for being able to best a fear that they could not, but that does not mean that he actually is. Socrates’s lack of fear of death is neither courageous nor cowardly, but wise in and of itself, as fear of death is both pointless and immature. To Socrates, fearing death is a worthless burden. Death itself is a concept that no one can truly understand because it is impossible to experience. Man is scared of the unknown because it means that it is something that he cannot control. In the Apology, Socrates stands before the jury and questions those who question death. His beliefs differ from most men’s thoughts on death. “To fear death, gentlemen, is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know.” (Apology, 29A). Socrates…

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