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Daniel Washington Mr. Warner PHIL 2010 July 20, 2015 Death Is Nothing to Us by Epicurus Why fear death if it is a state of nothingness? This question seems to be Epicurus’ main argument against the fear of death. Death should not be viewed as an entity that causes great apprehension because death is merely the absence of life. It lacks every facet that makes life what it is, such as happiness, sadness, anger, and fear. We cease to exist when we are dead, so therefore, the concept of good and evil becomes redundant, but, death still facilitates fear for one reason; it presents itself as the unknown, which could mean that it poses a threat on what we think will await us after we depart from the physical world. Every belief and every value that we have set forth, in terms of what we think death will encompass, alleviates our apprehension. We hold onto the doctrines and beliefs that we have established from religious institutions because they are safety nets that give us security and hope. They instill in us the belief that death will be
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