Death Is A Bad Thing

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Section A: The first argument that Socrates gives about death in “The Apology”nis that no one should fear death because we should only fear things that we know to be bad, and we do not know for a fact that death is a bad thing. In the second argument, he provides two different possibilities of what happens after death. The first one says that death is like dreamless sleep, which is good. The second says that death is a journey to an interesting place, which is good as well. He therefore comes to the conclusion that death must be good. I do not think either one of these arguments succeeds. The first argument at first seems rational, but upon further analysis of it I realized that it is untrue because I think the main reason why people fear…show more content…
Epicurus and Lucretius argued that these asymmetrical attitudes are irrational. They thought that if you believed it is not painful to miss out on life before you are born, they it should not be painful after you die, because in both situations your mind is a blank and you do not feel anything at all. I think the asymmetrical attitudes can be explained with the fact that when babies are born, they do not know anything about life and therefore do not feel any negative emotions for not having been born earlier. In contrast, when people die they have already seen years of life so they are very attached to it and suffer at the thought of not being able to keep living it. “Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas and “The Garden of Proserpine” by Algernon Charles Swinburne are two poems we discussed in class that present dissimilar views about death. In the first one, the author conveys the message that people facing death should fight it and struggle to survive as long as possible, even if it means suffering. He dedicated it to his dying father, encouraging him not to be tempted by the peacefulness of death. It implores him (and the reader as well) to not just "go gentle into that good night," but to rage against it. Conversely, the second poem says: “We thank with brief thanksgiving/ Whatever gods may be/
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