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My greatest fear...

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The endlessness of the physical. The fact that "things" have to expand in some form forever
..take a moment and IMAGINE IT, going on forever and ever, eventually you're going to make your mind put an end to things, but if you've done it long enough, your heart is probably pounding like mine..

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The prospect of an afterlife. Endlessness of yourself or the existence of a "soul."

I find the notion of God to be pretty ridiculous, but a "tier-together" of everything, a sort of "spiritual undercurrent" seems sort of feasible.

I'm terrified of an afterlife that NEVER ends. The thought of having a soul is terrifying. If I have one, I want it to have the ability to die. Which kind of runs again the whole idea of a soul? I can't believe people COMFORT themselves with the idea.

Imagine NEVER BEING ABLE TO DIE. It would be torture. People can't conceive of the horror of it because they see an end to everything. Similar to the idea of God - they have to have a creator because they see creation. And in most cases, they see this creator in the form of a man. Almighty cloudman.

As long as I can remember, I've thought of things this way. I remember when we read whateverthehellthatbookwas with the Fountain of Youth in elementary school we were asked if we would drink from it. All the little kids wanted to find it. I was like... FUCK if this really existed I would NEVER go near another drinking fountain again. I was the only kid in my class who wouldn't even THINK of drinking for eternal earthly existence.

ETERNITY. No matter how happy a person's life is, it still sounds maddening, terrifying, horrible. Everyone is scared of Hell, but eventually, in an eternal and endless state, you'd FEEL the flames of Hell.
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Indeed - I've made this point before (but not so eloquently). I can't think of anything worse than an eternal afterlife. Really, I can't. If people think about it for more than a second ("Yes - an afterlife of bliss, that'll do me. Right, next?") then I think they'll find the idea, or rather the concept, a bit scarey.

People often say that believing in an afterlife is the easy way out, but since I've had dp I think that being an athiest is the easy way out
I'm tempted to agree, but, sigh, unfortunately people with faith do find some form of comfort in it. I still believe it's akin to sticking your head in the sand but seeing as life is short, who really cares? Same as benzo's - if you have chronic long-term DR/DP which is only relieved by benzo's then I say eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

It is comforting, in a way, as an atheist, to know that when you die it will be an end to suffering. And end to everything. Which is why as an atheists we should try and live our lives as fully as possible, because as far as we know, it's the only one we get!
Jesus H Christ. How can one man be so furious at the thought of being something other than savagely depressed?

I'm not trying to evangelise here Scattered. OK, fullest was the wrong word. I should have used 'Enjoy' perhaps. :eek:

Once the life that you have fully lived is over, it will be as if it never happened. In fact, it might has well have never happend in the first place. There would be no entity to remember it. After a while, all those that were associated with you will die and all memory or shred of evidence of your existance will simply cease to be.
So? Does this fact lessen your depression and self-loathing too? I would have thought that logic applies to all emotional responses.
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