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“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

The title is a quote from JK Rowling’s character Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (1997). 

This week held the anticipated 11/11/11. It was not only the day of GW’s first home basketball game of the season, but it was also the release date for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 on DVD. As a fan I had to take part of my weekend to watch it. And as I watched it, I remembered something rather depressing…almost everyone dies!

[SPOILER ALERT: For anyone who hasn’t read the book or seen the movie and doesn’t want to know what happens….skip this next bit.]

But there is a part in the movie where, Harry, who has recently died talks with Dumbledore, who is dead as well. And at one point, just before Harry comes back to life, he asks if their conversation was real, to which Dumbledore replied, “Of course it’s happening inside your head Harry! Why should that mean it’s not real?”

[End spoiler alert]

This got me thinking about life after death and let me to the question, “can we prove there is life after death?” I then found an article from Time magazine. While this article didn’t provide any concrete proof, it did talk about scientists who were asking the same question. In their research though, they came across technology and medications that are aimed at extending the life of people who are at the brink of death.

So, here are my questions to everyone on the blog, what is the point of extending life at the brink of death? Is death the next great adventure or is it simply just the end of the story? and At what is the divide between the living and the dead?

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  1. November 15, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I find this interesting, mainly because you’ve dared to think about death in a scientific way rather than with some religious aspect. Not that I’m really religious or anything, but personally I don’t think saving someone before the brink of death is that great of an idea. Personally, I think death can in a strange way just be a positive thing. The one thing we all have in common with every organism on this earth is that we’re all going to die at one point. I personally don’t think immortality is worth it. Think about it, why live so long if you become so old that you physically can’t do anything productive. Maybe if science allowed people to be physically fit and healthy in their 114th year of life, it could make sense, but at that point you’ve seen so much of the same life and maybe dying could just be another adventure, another mode. Maybe dying is worth it. You give back to the earth everything you’ve taken from it when you die. You leave with nothing, just the body you were given and ultimatly you just let life go on. Life is beautiful, yet harsh. Personally i would like to die before i live to see the world end, just my thought. Also I would want to die having lived a solid satisfying life. I think death is one department, science should stay out of. The thing about living and death are that they are so natural, I personally don’t think that we should mess around with those subjects. Let live, let die.

  2. November 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I think the answer to your question really depends on your faith. From a scientific aspect I would assume that life is over, there is nothing more since it can not be proven. But from a more faith based aspect I think it depends on what you believe. Since we have no way of proving what happens after we die there is no definite way to solve this question. Therefore it is the question that everyone wants answered, ever community has seemed to create their own answer over the years. We seem to look at those who come back from the brink of death for answers as to what is past this life, but even still there is nothing concrete that we know.
    I think it depends on what the circumstances are if we should bring people back to life. I think there is a certain age where we should let them go rather than continuing to keep people around. To me it seems like there is a point where the machines are keeping people alive for the families rather than the person. But if the person has the chance to come back and go on living a productive life like they were then I think they should be brought back from the brink of death.

  3. November 21, 2011 at 3:58 am

    I don’t see the point in extending life at the brink of death, I think it is something that one just has to embrace it. If you know you are going to die and embrace it then when it strikes it won’t be as bad, extending life is just going to make death even worse. Regardless of religious belief, I think that it is the next frontier and that a whole new frontier awaits for those who pass away. I think our existence is divided into two sections where currently we are having one adventure and then when death takes us that transitions us to a next adventure. Now none of us can ever know what lies beyond whether its a new adventure or a vast amount of nothingness, but it is these beliefs that can make death not seem so harmful when it decides to happen. All we can do is live the life we have now.

  4. Haysoose
    November 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    That’s Gandolf.

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