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  1. Human consciousness is the only one that includes knowledge of the finiteness of being.

    Personally, I had this question when I was about 10 years old. What will happen when I'm not there, no, I won't die, I just won't be there.

    Apparently this is self-consciousness in the highest degree-I am and the opposite – I am not.

    This issue becomes more acute with the loss of loved ones.

    Unfortunately, the finiteness of being is a given both for ordinary people and for the”powerful of this world”.

    Therefore, you need to live here and now, do what you like, benefit others and enjoy it.

    The pleasure of your existence, because it is finite.

    Value your own life and those around you.

  2. Are there any other options?
    In my opinion, everyone is well aware of this – there is an institution of wills, that is, being in good health, a person is aware of what will happen after him.
    A woman giving birth to a child understands that he will also die someday.

    I think we should remind you of this more often.
    Some people act like they're going to live forever or want to be the richest people in the cemetery.

  3. Does human consciousness contain the idea of the finiteness of one's own being?

    Confusing ambiguity of the question:

    1. Does human consciousness contain the idea of the finiteness of human existence (including human consciousness)?

    2. Does human consciousness contain the idea of the finiteness of consciousness itself?

    The second option separates human consciousness and consciousness, thereby problematizing the status of consciousness as “someone” and “something” (pun intended:), so I'll leave it aside, despite its interesting and promising nature.

    As for the “human-dimensionality” of human consciousness, on the one hand, it certainly contains (is capable of containing) the idea of human finiteness, and in fact it is precisely from this awareness that man begins in the mode of being (and not just existence), and philosophy as one of the ways of such being self-realization of man. Another thing is that this “consciousness of finiteness” is not a simple assimilation of a simple syllogism, as some of the respondents do): (a) all human beings (all living things) are mortal, (b) I am a human being (I am a living being), (c) I am mortal. It is in relation to the mortality (finiteness) of external and alien beings (objects) that one can confine oneself to such a rational statement and understand=accept it: “Well, what can you do about it?…” In relation to close people and oneself, such rationalization is a weak consolation and far from always pacifies: “What to do with this?! How to deal with it?!”

    And it is precisely this tragic awareness of mortality, as opposed to the intellectually indifferent awareness of death as universal and inevitable, and the sentimental acceptance of “death as a tragedy” that sets a person the task of overcoming death, which is a matter of fact… life, not consciousness only. And the “incompleteness” of finiteness/mortality that Alexander asks is not evidence of the inadequacy or disproportionality of consciousness, but just an indication of the need to understand it in a more serious mode-active consciousness. Such a consciousness does not soar abstractly over life, looking beyond its horizon and terrified by the darkness that is approaching every day, it is an organ of life, organizing it and filling it with meaning even on this side, i.e. where a person still exists, can and should.

    Something like this 🙂

  4. I believe that CO-knowledge does not have a limit or completeness at this level of knowledge of the World and seeks to penetrate both various broad variants of matter and high levels of spiritual perfection.

    As they say: “there is no limit to perfection.”

    Meanwhile, experience and knowledge tell us that the material world is quite limited in its time and space limits.

    Many random circumstances impose their own corrective corrections in the chain of regular mechanisms of the event field, which provoke causal mechanisms and lead to a premature exit from the cycle of earthly life.

    As one of the heroes of Mikhail Bulgakov's novel said: “man is suddenly mortal,” thus summing up the finiteness of being at this historical stage-eternal life.

  5. I'm not sure if the conscious mind, or the subconscious mind, or something else holds it in particular… But this is inherent in us, otherwise there would not be suicides, or suicide bombers ready to die for the idea, or the inclusion of the self-sacrifice regime in the name of saving those who you consider more important (or just relatives and friends). It seems to me that the categories listed above are fully aware of what they are doing, and do not expect to survive, respectively, they deliberately stop being.�

    The question, however, is raised with a catch. The formula “awareness of the finiteness of one's own being” does not imply a belief in reincarnation, or an afterlife, as I understand it (since both are being).

    I feel like I'm ready to die, but I don't want to believe that's all. Therefore, I am ready for the end of being in this world/body, but I am not ready for complete emptiness. Can this be called awareness of the finiteness of one's own being? Unlikely. I think that many people understand that they will die, but not everyone is ready to accept that there will not be a “press any key to continue” button.

  6. Why do you even have such a strange question? Millions of people on earth understand that life is not eternal and that there is no existence after death. Consciousness is quite capable of perceiving and accommodating this simple thought.

  7. Yes, quite. The only question is why to accommodate it and why to bother with it at all. Most people simply accept as an axiom one of the many options at our disposal to justify their own immortality, and with this psychic protection they live quietly, never returning to this topic again.

    It is solely a matter of how your attitude to the question of your own finitude or immortality affects your daily activities and thoughts. Choose and adhere to the concept that has the most beneficial effect )

  8. I adhere to (read I don't impose on anyone) Vedic interpretation on this issue. A living being is a soul that lives in a body (machine). The soul by its nature is eternal and with the death of the body it does not die, but only changes the old body to a new one. It is for this reason that the very fact of death is not acceptable to a person, a person simply cannot even imagine that at some point it may not exist, in the past or in the future. Of course, you can say that I am not here and that's all, but you can't imagine the absence of your consciousness at any point in time. And consciousness is just a sign of the soul.

  9. Sure. We can safely imagine the world after us, where we are not. Another issue is the subjective experience of death. But here the answer, in my opinion, is also simple — such an experience simply does not exist. In your life — your subjective life-you will always be alive. Simply because there is no experience outside of life.

  10. human consciousness is designed as a kind of vessel into which you can pour anything – and any lie and Truth. Well, since the question of non-existence ( post-death existence or non-existence) is an eternal question and has its own defenders of one side or another, then we can conclude that any of these ideas can fit into consciousness..That's just which of them is correct – the question is still open. )

    The idea that there is nothing after death gives me great comfort, ” wrote the Marquis de Sade in his memoirs, after whom one of the vices related to the field of sex pathology is named. This inverted phrase could be a merciless denunciation of the phenomenon called atheism, namely: “I want to find solace in the thought that there is nothing after death, so there is nothing there.”

  11. And what is the Self that must end? Where is it located, where did it come from, what determines what it consists of? Where is the boundary between one's own existence and external existence?

    If the Self is the body, then what happens to the Self when the body changes? When most of the body's cells are renewed, how toTheseus ' ship, will I stay? If the body changes all your life, is there any reason to feel dissatisfied with the cessation of the old Selves?

    If the Self is thinking, what happens to the Self when thinking is absent? For example, where does the Self exist when a person sleeps without dreams? Or if a person is in a coma, is there a Self? If a person is not in control of their actions, is it Me who acts or is it not Me? If a person wants several opposite things at the same time, how do you determine what I want?

    If the Ego is a memory, a belief, what happens to the Ego when the Ego forgets something or is convinced of some opposite things? And if the memory is transferred to another medium, will I still be there?

    If I am a life experience, then am I equal to the past Self that was five minutes ago? Or does every new moment of the human Self disappear and a new Self arises?

    Here the question is broader than the finiteness of being. This is a question of defining being in general. What is considered existing, what is considered alive? What is considered internal and external? What are the reasons for dissatisfaction with the emergence and termination of something conditional that a person gets used to considering as I?

  12. It holds , but the thought makes you feel uneasy. Imagine that there is nothing there. Not like hell, a feeling of emptiness or darkness , but just nothing . You disappear completely without a trace. At one point, everything that you have been working for on this earth is cut off. That is why consciousness clings to any slightest hope . that there is at least something there-ghosts, transmigration. By and large, almost all of us sinners cannot fly to heaven. So at least grow a tree…

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