Saturday, 15 September 2012

At death - ancient versus modern


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When somebody dies, for most of human history what was perceived is that person leaving their body; the soul leaving the body.

Then there was a difference of opinion about where it went and what happened to it.


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 But when a modern person sees another person die, they see that person being extinguished.

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What a profound difference this is, concerning the key fact of human existence!

What a qualitative shift in the assumed baseline fact of life!

Modern Western secular Man stands on the other side of a gulf which separates his understanding of the human condition from all Men of the past, and from the majority of Men alive now.

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So, on the one hand there is a natural and (probably) universal belief in the soul or spirit or essence leaving the body at death; and there is the recent, modern Western belief that the person is extinguished, snuffed-out, at death.

What 'evidence' could possibly have justified this shift?

Or, if not evidence, (which of course it was not), then what provoked the shift of assumption - the metaphysical perspective - which justified this wholesale reinterpretation of the facts of life deriving from the fact of death?

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If you ever imagine metaphysics is unimportant, just consider this difference in watching a man die: the difference between seeing his soul departing from the body, and his extinction.

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