Death and Dying

Cicero believes it is laughable to entertain anything beyond the physical Universe. He says as much by defining terms. Your soul dies, or returns to the Devine. Either way the self dies. It simply does not matter, pardon the pun. The point is that he takes on death directly and says it is unimportant and nothing to fear.

Cicero’s way is a philosophy to keep stoic ways flexible and to allow death and dying to remain the same philosophically in today’s culture.

Can you control death?

No.

Should you fear it?

My advice is to sit with your fear until you recognize there is no reason to fear death and dying and to wait long enough to be free of acting in any way that may harm you or others. It is worth learning to work out any impulsive urges you may have to harm yourself or others. My job is to do all the above. It isn’t something you can set a time limit on or should procrastinate on.

I personally try to work on it a little each day. So, serious enough? Practical?

(Note, the above ideas are my own, and if you interpret them in a way that harms you or someone else, it is out of my hands, at best I give them a PG rating or worst, a R.)

Death Is Really Easy To Count

“Nothing! Count that as your experience of death.”

“Nope, maybe, death is like a snow storm, how can you count that!”

“I’m not going to humor you with, hallucinations! I’m going to die like everybody else.”

“Okay, but can’t you stop quantifying and just relate to an experience. Like a snow storm, then falling asleep in the storm and everything fades to white.”

“Nope, it’s nothing like that, or if it is, it’s like fractals. It’s like the answer a fully functional quantum computer will give you. Just input, how much is a death? Zero? One? All?”

“I think this problem needs more study.”

“You think?!”

Life Review Letter | Letter Project | Stanford Medicine

Life Review Letter | Letter Project | Stanford Medicine
— Read on med.stanford.edu/letter/friendsandfamily.html

A simple way to prepare for death is to write the letter above or use any formate you like, Just follow the seven prompts.

The Dalai Lama says, “Because we don’t know when our lives will finish, we should remain mindful and well prepared. Then, even if we die tonight, we will do so without regret. If we die tonight, the purpose of being well prepared is borne out; if we don’t die tonight, there is no harm in being well prepared, because it will still benefit us.”

In review, a passport of remembrances will settle our hearts and minds.

And you can share anytime you are ready and are confident you will do no harm.

For some the process may take several drafts before their sharing will begin.

The benefit is peace of mind and has hidden potential for all.

An open frank discussion may ensue which can open up areas within closed relationships.

My personal experience with the death of close friends and family suggests it is helpful to most.

There is plenty on the topic available who may want an alternative approach.

I actually listed my wants and dislikes and described the kind of wake I prefer, but to my friend and relatives this is more harmful than good.

There is some literature about grief and dying that may help more than anything else. Again a very personal choice and can be difficult to do.

However, a little bit of dusting off of a sensitive subject is harmless and it may need a review.

Good luck reviewing this topic, it may not be something you wish to do, but you can always google it another day.