On death


Become accustomed to the belief that death is nothing to us. For all
good and evil consists in sensation, but death is deprivation of
sensation. . . . So death, the most terrifying of ills, is nothing to us,
since so long as we exist death is not with us; but when death
comes, then we do not exist. It does not concern either the living
or the dead, since for the former it is not, and the latter are no more.

Epiricus in a Letter to Menoeceus

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

11 thoughts on “On death

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:51-57
    51 ¶ Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed––
    52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
    53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
    54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
    55 “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”
    56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
    57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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  2. andreasmom says:

    What about the death of a loved one? That is surely “something” and not “nothing”. The “something” is the pain that those who are left behind must endure. How does one get used to that?

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  3. Daniela says:

    I take this is from Sextus Empiricus? If so he was the first and the best known thinker, (mathematician, as well as philosopher) to question dogma, as something ‘not evident’.

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