John and Arthur Mowforth were twins who lived about 80 miles apart in Great Britain.
On the evening of May 22, 1975, both fell severely ill from chest pains.
The families of both men were completely unaware of the other’s illness. Both men were rushed to separate hospitals at approximately the same time.
And both died of heart attacks shortly after arrival.
What we know about life and death is truly still in the dark — Very true!
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We know all we need to know about life and death. Part of the anxiety is the questions that are asked and the misperceptions of what is “I” and what is death? Those who initiated this debate were asking the wrong questions.
You Stated — “We know all we need to know about life and death.”
My Response — I would disagree. I think both are worthy of closer examination. As a species we should, from generation to generation, strive to understand (in great detail) anything that defines our origin or impedes our continuation.
I think we know all we need to know about baseball and the Kardashians, but Life and Death… let’s get more information.
Then with that information we could fix something wrong, like we always do and continue to battle nature and make things worse? We’ll not discover our origins when we’ve already presupposed a creator. Our cultures have that pretty well ingrained in the archaeology, anthropology, and have shoehorned this idea for millennia. Even when you think you’ve beaten that, it resurfaces in every facet of life. Even when someone cracks the code on a solo effort, it never gains traction against the masses.
The first mistake is we are taught we are lonely individuals set out to battle our way through life, and the second is that we think we die and are fundamentally depressed as a whole, when neither premise is what the evidence teaches us.
You Stated — “like we always do and continue to battle nature and make things worse?”
My Response — Possibly but this is more of a problem with not holding corporations accountable for bad environmental policies so I see where you are correct but I also see where we could solve that and still keep searching for answers.
You Stated — We’ll not discover our origins when we’ve already presupposed a creator. ”
My Response — I believe in God and still search for origin answers so this doesn’t seem to hold true.
As for the rest of the statement, given the thirst for science I don’t see the “shoehorn effect” being much more than a weak resistance.
You Stated — “The first mistake is we are taught we are lonely individuals set out to battle our way through life”
My Response — I would agree that would be a mistake but also add that we are social creatures in need of companionship and life is indeed a struggle (worth having)
As for the later referring to depression I think that’s more of a chemistry / culture thing. Some people are just not geared for loss depending on how socially strong they are or what type of support system is available.
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