Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Why is death considered to be evil?

Google Ngram over the words religion, death and sex.
This is a posting refering more to religion and how its contextualisation still affects us and the way we conduct science and live everyday lives even if we are "nonreligious".
It regards the discussions of Stephen B Hawking and his take of death and religion. Why do people need an assurance of life after death to the point that it is considered to be evil when Stephen speaks his mind?
 I did a google Ngram over the words death, religion and sex. Religion and death correlate and sex is reversed to these two. Why are religious people are afraid of death? Why is Stephen mean to them my simply stating that there is none.
 I can relate to the nonreligious peoples uncertainty, as I am not a religous person myself.  I can see that nonreligious people in my country project their fears of death and loss onto other beings hence there has been a huge increase in vegetarianism (I am one myself, and it is good for the planet as well so go green! But the idea of that another beings death to sustain my own life as evil, where does that come from?) and relatives (we are keeping our elder alive for longer period but we visit them less). Some of my old relatives told me, prior to their deaths, that they welcomed it. They were tired and content with their lives. They had lived and loved enought and death was a friend whos visit was anticipated with calm.

In reality, if it was not for death, we should not be alive. Life would not exist. This is a biological truth. Death deserves religious devotion, and in many cases that is what the ancient religions were about; Worshipping life and death cause they are interdependent. Living with life is living with death and the cycle between them, it is living in constant change. Death is the promis of change, it is the promis of evolution.

Death became alienated, an outcast, judged to be evil. Religion became the tool to prevent it, to control it rather then living with it. And by conveying death, religion started conveying life, it started to suppress what makes us human, alive and happy. Joyfull activites were forbidden because now they were evil. The body became something akward and shamefull. This is still affecting us in our everyday life.

I think a scientific view on life is part of the change, but not while the context that interpets the data is one that is afraid of death, thus afraid of life and afraid of change.

http://www.dn.se/nyheter/varlden/stephen-hawking-liv-i-himlen-saga-for-morkradda
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/may/15/stephen-hawking-interview-there-is-no-heaven?commentpage=56#start-of-comments

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