Why We View Death the Way We Do

When you think of death you usually have negative thoughts as the word is generally associated and conveys some depressing thoughts and feelings. Most people are afraid of death whether they are kids, adults or even the elderly. Throughout life everybody is exposed to a certain amount of danger. Whether the is danger from natural disasters like earthquakes and storms or random accidents like car crashes. With death constantly looming over our shoulders you would assume everyone is prepared for it in some way. So why is it that people why is it still so difficult to accept death even though we all know we will ultimately die at some point. Is it for the same reason that people have stigmatized euthanasia.

In the past the concept of life was not something so cherished. Not surprisingly in ancient Greece and Rome death was a lot more common. As such their concept of death differs greatly from the one we hold today. This is probably because of the high death rates and low life expectancy. Back then there was a lot violence. Wars were more frequent they are today. However it was not just wars that caused a high death rates. There were also poor living conditions. If you were were not well off back then, you would face many difficulties. Things like poor housing, lack of resources, and poor health care are reasons why it was common for people early especially those that barely got by. If someone to die back then it was not as big of an issue. Compared to our more environment we could be considered highly privileged. This is probably the reason why death much more stigmatized compared to the past. With our out comparatively peaceful and well structured society(I say this but only in comparison), its no wonder we cherish life and fear death more than the ancients Greeks and Romans.

After reading that it should come as a surprise to you of I told you that physicians were not discouraged(or as much compared to the present) from performing abortions and euthanizing patients. The physicians(not sure what made that credible) back then performed frequent abortions and euthanized patients(only in the case the patient gave consent) with little to no conflict. Since their views on death differed greatly from ours there really was not really a controversy over euthanasia and abortions like we have today. So at what point did that viewpoint change? When did euthanasia become stigmatized. It was around two thousand years ago in the first century that Christianity came in. You do not need to be religious to know what views they hold. Christianity holds a certain outlook on life and death. They cherish what they are given as life was given to them by god. Because of they are against taking lives so most Christians are against both euthanasia(maybe just active euthanasia) and abortions. Seeing as how widespread and influential Christianity was when it came about, they definitely play a big part in how people view death and how abortions and euthanasia is controversial. The next reason we see death the way we do and why most people are so scared is because of how uncommon it is. As I mentioned before compared to the past our current living conditions are much more privileged. We live in a time where not every male is required to be trained to fight as a military solider. We live in a time where most people have access to healthcare(around ninety four percent). We live in a time where food is more abundant allowing for more nutrition. We live in a time where hygiene and pollution are a big concern (sewage systems and national regulating organizations). Most people are expected to live a full life nowadays. At least those that do not have a dangerous career which should not be that large of a percentage. Because of that if someone were to die of something other than old age, it would mostly likely to get blown up. It might not hit the news, but that kind of death (non natural) will not go unnoticed and would probably be recorded. That is just the society we live in. It may not be a utopia, but it may as well be one compared to ancient Rome.

http://www.life.org.nz/euthanasia/abouteuthanasia/history-euthanasia1/