Why Do People Fear Death : The Fear Of Death

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Fear Of Death Essay Why do people fear death? Death can be both a natural or a unnatural occurence that a majority of people cannot mentally grasp the acceptance. Necrophobia means fear of dying. About 68% of the United States population suffers from Necrophobia. (Fear/Phobia Statistics). Some people do not fear death, one of my scources states, “More than two thousand years ago, the Greek philosopher Epicurus constructed an argument against fearing death that has since become even more plausible: “Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.” Epicurus was one of the first atomists who believed that everything consists of material entities and that there are no souls that survive death. If your life ends at death, then you have nothing to fear, because there will be no YOU to experience pleasure or pain. It’s all over when it’s over.” (Should You Fear Death). Is there more people in the world that fear death than people that don’t? In Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Pardoner’s Tale”, the fear of death was explained as an evil thing and not to be sought out. To the three rioters in the story view death as nonchalant and rather a nuisance than a fear, because in the story the three rioters go and seek death rather than avoid it. The main rioter says in the story, “In this affair, and each defend the others, And we will kill this traitor Death I say!” (Chaucer). Other characters in the story view death as a person

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