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Like birth, but in reverse

There was a post I read on Tumblr the other day wherein someone told of a dream about them talking with their dead grandfather. They asked him what dying was like, and he said "Like being born, but in reverse."

I think it was meant to be comforting, but it has some scary implications. First, if you consider being born to be coming alive from nothingness, then dying is going back to nothingness.

Second, even if you believe in an afterlife, being born is an incredibly traumatic experience, and if we remembered it, we would all have PTSD. (Though it's entirely possible, given the state of humanity, that we all have a form of PTSD from being born after all.) So one implication is that dying is very traumatic. And that the world we live in now is warm and comforting and safe compared to what awaits us.

Although... he did say "in reverse," so I guess it's also possible that all the trauma comes first, then you die, and no more trauma. That we go from a life of trauma to a warm and safe and comforting place after death? Yeah, that's possible too.

This was cross-posted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org/1229846.html
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