A chapter from the book "Sofia" by Vasiliy Melnik

The meaning of life and the fear of death

One of the most frequent questions that a philosopher receives is the question of the meaning of life. What do we live for? What's the meaning of all of this? Who created us?

The answer to this popular question is complex.

For a start, how did this question appeared. It appeared because of association: if people create objects for reasons, and since we are an object, we also were created for a reason.

Of course, it's not like that. The human indeed can create something for a reason, but he himself, the nature and cosmos appeared because they could appear. The way of describing objects with reasons why they were created works only objects that were created by man.

Then, because of the status of the words as entities, an entity “reason of existence” appeared, separate from other entities. As if there are reasons floating in the air that affect other entities. For example, “he did that because of laziness”, like there's an entity laziness that makes people do something.

Or “evolution picks the strongest”, which sounds as if evolution is a person that acts willingly.

All of this appeared because of language. When we say for example “the wind blows”, this sounds as if the wind just sits down and decides to do something. Like a man. We also can address the wind: “wind, stop!” Again, just like we can address a person. This is why we have been creating talismans and worshiping inhuman objects – our language made them human.

When we discovered what is language, and that the words are the names of the situations, we saw that simply applied one experience to another – the experience of creating entities by us to our own existence, and ended up with situation when it looked like we also were created by someone for some reason.

Philosophically, we answered the question about the meaning of life. But there is another problem associated with this question, which we can't leave unsolved if we search the full explanation. So, why do we FEEL bad when we think about the absence of the meaning of life?

Previously we tried to explain it with various fears: the fear of meaningless existence, the fear of thew unknown, the fear of chaos. However, as we know there are no scary things, and the feeling of fear is caused by tension from the number of memories.

When someone begins thinking about the absence of the meaning of life, he begins to remember everything that is important to him, because in order to imagine the absence of something you must first remember this something and then add that “it is absent”. Because of many memories the tension rises and causes problems with breathing and bad feelings in stomach and chest.

The same happens when a person thinks about the absence of the life purpose, and then begins to recall all that this absence will cause, in his opinion. The most common example of this is a religious person fearing that without faith as the meaning of life there will be violence and, even worse, a lot of sex.

In general, the question of the meaning of life didn't affect us a lot. People life for decades without even knowing about such question, and when they learn, the worst thing that can happen to them is nihilism and depression. They pass when they also learn that they're themselves the one who can choose any goals in life and to decide what is dear to them.

The other popular questions are about death. What do we feel when we die, is it painful? What is after death? Is it inevitable? Why do I feel so bad when I think about death?

The fear of painful death was caused by two reasons. The first one is the gradient of pain that appeared because of language. If a small cut is painful, then death is REALLY painful. The second one is the lack of the mind understanding.

Death is the end of the functioning of the body, therefore, your body can't no longer do anything, including feeling pain. If you'll lose the head, you will not be able to know that you've lost it... because you don't have the head.

Or suffocation, which almost killed me several times. I choked, and lost acces to oxygen. Without it the body can't work, and I've began losing my consciousness, all my senses began to fade out. If this continued, I would simply fall asleep forever. And when you sleep, you don't receive a notification every second that you are sleeping, right? The same goes for death.

There is no afterlife, all these concepts either appeared because of misconceptions or were created artificially.

Death is indeed inevitable, because our body gets damaged by the work. As we know, there is nothing indestructible in the universe. It's the entities in our language that were indestructible, that didn't change or die, floating in the air. The universe is constantly changes, and if it wasn't, nothing would exist, because everything appeared because of change. Read about the Big Bang, about the early development of the universe. About how the chemical elements appeared.

Also, just like in the case with the meaning of life, the fear of death was a big problem, when we feel bad while thinking about death.

Death is the absence of everything, and as you already know, to imagine the absence of everything you must first imagine this everything. Since death is the end of life, we begin to recall everything that is associated with life. This is why when we are facing death, “our whole life is passing in front of our eyes”, and these memories increase tension in our body, which leads tom for example, eyes watering.

The other reason of discomfort is the holding of breath that is associated with death, because dead man don't breathe. But you can't simply stop electricity inside of you, by forcefully holding you breath you only increase tension in your body which will still find a away out.

One of the most frequent questions that a philosopher receives is the question of the meaning of life. What do we live for? What's the meaning of all of this? Who created us?

The answer to this popular question is complex.

For a start, how did this question appeared. It appeared because of association: if people create objects for reasons, and since we are an object, we also were created for a reason.

Of course, it's not like that. The human indeed can create something for a reason, but he himself, the nature and cosmos appeared because they could appear. The way of describing objects with reasons why they were created works only objects that were created by man.

Then, because of the status of the words as entities, an entity “reason of existence” appeared, separate from other entities. As if there are reasons floating in the air that affect other entities. For example, “he did that because of laziness”, like there's an entity laziness that makes people do something.

Or “evolution picks the strongest”, which sounds as if evolution is a person that acts willingly.

All of this appeared because of language. When we say for example “the wind blows”, this sounds as if the wind just sits down and decides to do something. Like a man. We also can address the wind: “wind, stop!” Again, just like we can address a person. This is why we have been creating talismans and worshiping inhuman objects – our language made them human.

When we discovered what is language, and that the words are the names of the situations, we saw that simply applied one experience to another – the experience of creating entities by us to our own existence, and ended up with situation when it looked like we also were created by someone for some reason.

Philosophically, we answered the question about the meaning of life. But there is another problem associated with this question, which we can't leave unsolved if we search the full explanation. So, why do we FEEL bad when we think about the absence of the meaning of life?

Previously we tried to explain it with various fears: the fear of meaningless existence, the fear of thew unknown, the fear of chaos. However, as we know there are no scary things, and the feeling of fear is caused by tension from the number of memories.

When someone begins thinking about the absence of the meaning of life, he begins to remember everything that is important to him, because in order to imagine the absence of something you must first remember this something and then add that “it is absent”. Because of many memories the tension rises and causes problems with breathing and bad feelings in stomach and chest.

The same happens when a person thinks about the absence of the life purpose, and then begins to recall all that this absence will cause, in his opinion. The most common example of this is a religious person fearing that without faith as the meaning of life there will be violence and, even worse, a lot of sex.

In general, the question of the meaning of life didn't affect us a lot. People life for decades without even knowing about such question, and when they learn, the worst thing that can happen to them is nihilism and depression. They pass when they also learn that they're themselves the one who can choose any goals in life and to decide what is dear to them.

The other popular questions are about death. What do we feel when we die, is it painful? What is after death? Is it inevitable? Why do I feel so bad when I think about death?

The fear of painful death was caused by two reasons. The first one is the gradient of pain that appeared because of language. If a small cut is painful, then death is REALLY painful. The second one is the lack of the mind understanding.

Death is the end of the functioning of the body, therefore, your body can't no longer do anything, including feeling pain. If you'll lose the head, you will not be able to know that you've lost it... because you don't have the head.

Or suffocation, which almost killed me several times. I choked, and lost acces to oxygen. Without it the body can't work, and I've began losing my consciousness, all my senses began to fade out. If this continued, I would simply fall asleep forever. And when you sleep, you don't receive a notification every second that you are sleeping, right? The same goes for death.

There is no afterlife, all these concepts either appeared because of misconceptions or were created artificially.

Death is indeed inevitable, because our body gets damaged by the work. As we know, there is nothing indestructible in the universe. It's the entities in our language that were indestructible, that didn't change or die, floating in the air. The universe is constantly changes, and if it wasn't, nothing would exist, because everything appeared because of change. Read about the Big Bang, about the early development of the universe. About how the chemical elements appeared.

Also, just like in the case with the meaning of life, the fear of death was a big problem, when we feel bad while thinking about death.

Death is the absence of everything, and as you already know, to imagine the absence of everything you must first imagine this everything. Since death is the end of life, we begin to recall everything that is associated with life. This is why when we are facing death, “our whole life is passing in front of our eyes”, and these memories increase tension in our body, which leads tom for example, eyes watering.

The other reason of discomfort is the holding of breath that is associated with death, because dead man don't breathe. But you can't simply stop electricity inside of you, by forcefully holding you breath you only increase tension in your body which will still find a away out.