Examining the text written by Rosenbaum and considering the arguments made by both Rosenbaum and Nagel, I find myself more on Epicurus’ and Rosenbaum’s side because their conclusions and their facts are logically correct. I believe the following statements: (1) when we are dead we don’t exist. (2) Once you’re dead you can’t get harmed. (3) There’s a difference between something being bad for a person versus someone being scared. In this essay, I wish to prove my statements.
As humans, most of us have the desire/ natural instinct to want to live, which is one of the reasons why we fair death so much and associate being dead with the word bad. Epicurus “Offered a remedy for our attitudes towards our death” (175), because we overthink our death when in reality we aren’t going to feel it, implying being dead isn’t good...
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... you’re dead you can’t get harmed. (3) There’s a difference between something being bad for a person versus someone being scared. I strongly believe that people associate being scared means it’s (that something) bad for you, which isn’t always true. Another reason why I decided to support both Epicurus and Rosenbaum beliefs is because it’s well thought out which is why I believe their arguments are stronger. Nagel’s argument are good, but I feel like Rosenblum’s response overpowers his argument. Writing this essay has taught me to not be scared of being dead, because it’s not going to do no harm. As I look more into this topic, I could finally understand why others are scared of being dead. Before looking into this topic I was scared of entering the unknown, but now I know why other people associate being dead with the word bad (e.g. the loss of something valuable).
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