A Layman’s Thought on Death

September 5, 2014

Death is a baffling phenomenon, like a doorway people enter and never come out of. In their otherworldly imaginings, ancient mythologies and spiritualists of all stripes have tried to make sense of it with their unearthly explanations for what happens when a person ‘goes away’–explanations of where they went to. But perhaps the most haunting conclusion to the mystery of death is that one has gone nowhere at all. That there is nothing true or false to be said about a person at that time, because all propositions are meaningless in reference to nonexistent individuals.

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