Epicurus on Death

Where death is, you aren’t, and where you are, death isn’t.

Death, therefore, concerns neither the living nor the dead.

It doesn’t concern the living because they are living, and it doesn’t concern the dead because they are not.

Hence, the fear of death is empty.

When it comes, by that fact, you are gone.

Therefore, you will never know anything but life, and it is senseless to fear a state you will never know.

Epicurus (342 – 270 BC)

This is a strong, valid, and unanswerable argument that stands even today in unwavering opposition to those in modernity who wallow in the inevitability of death, and use it as an excuse with which to whitewash life of any meaning and valour.



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