The absence of the presence of a particular person can give traumatic pain to people who are close to the dead. As per (Fischer 14) “An individual’s death can be bad for the person’s family, friends and acquaintances. This is uncontroversial”. However, death can be a blessing for a person suffering from terminal illness or sufferings. But a healthy person will never invite death with a welcoming mind as death itself is end to his existence. It is the conscious experience of leaving the body and worldly pleasure which make death an evil concept.Generally speaking, before birth we were not existing and prenatal existence is not considered bad even though we were equal to dead before birth. When equating death to a prenatal non existence our attitude is asymmetric to both. Even though prenatal non existence is equal to death, giving up life is scarier as we have consciousness about leaving the body and goodness of life. Human beings have asymmetrical attitude towards past and future. We do not take prenatal non existence as a sad situation whereas after experiencing the goodness of life, it is hard for us to deprive oneself from goodness of life. It would be interesting to quote that death is bad for a person who fondles any desire. In his book (Fischer 18) writes that “If a person lacks any desires and we deem him rational in lacking these desires, perhaps death is not bad for him”.When we consider a healthy and happy person, death is indefinitely a hellish act for him. I consider posthumous non existence as fearful and frustrating concept. I don’t think it is irrational to take posthumous existence as bad and prenatal non existence as good because the former is related to future and latter is related to the past. We cannot repent on a fact of past but we can still be hopeful with an event likely to happen in the future. For the very same reason, I believe that death is an unnecessary interference in the life of a person.In fact, Fischer does comment that death is an experiential blank and it cannot be considered as a bad thing for human being. As per (Fischer 16)“Since all bad must be experienced and death is an experiential blank, death is not a bad for the person who dies”. It is accepted that death is different from other standard evil and harm as these bad things are experienced by a person and death cannot be experience by a
ReferencesFischer, John M. The Metaphysics of Death. Stanford: Leland Stanford Junior University, 1993. Print.
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