Daniel wrote an interesting post about the most cheerful subject of death and dying. I don't fear death at all. All I will be is some dead cells, water and chemicals. I certainly will not know I am dead as I will be................dead.
Dying could perhaps be feared. It could be a quick grasp to the chest and it is all over Rover, or it could be slow, long and painful death. The former would be such a shock to your loved ones, the latter, a very unpleasant experience to put them through. But both are very natural processes. Drugs are pretty good now, so no one should have to suffer too much pain and there is always the Neitzche? option. So, I perhaps fear a painful death, but not death itself.
But what does piss me orf, is that all of the knowledge, ok mostly useless perhaps, experiences and perhaps even a tiny bit of wisdom will be lost. This thirst for knowledge seems to be only important to we human animals. Your common garden variety dog does not see a leaf and look at the veins in it wonder, then rush home to type 'elm leaf' into google. Everything you and I know, will be lost. Perhaps you pass a bit of stuff on to others, perhaps your pc's hard drive will be archived. But what is in your head is lost upon death, if not beforehand as your brain declines.
I propose that every adult over 30 must sit an annual brain function test. At the first sign of decay, a USB2 port will be inserted into your head and all knowledge will be downloaded to a very large storage drive. It can be labelled with your name if you want to protect your copywrite. It would only be copied, not deleted from your brain.
I am not being as silly as you may think. A couple in Port Melbourne have studied the history of a small area, a few streets. They used cemetary records, births deaths and marriage records, council records etc etc. They have very good history of every house in the studied area. They know who lived in a certain house and when and a myriad of information about those people. It is all available on a cd rom for around $35. Who in 1900 would have imagined someone in 2005 might be reading all about their life on a cd in a pc?
Gee, we really do live in exciting times. Don't take it for granted folks.