In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, I consider the question of my own mortality and how I am relating to the possibility of dying at a relatively young age
You can brainwash yourself. We do it passively all the time.
You can use symbolism, much like capitalist system does, for good or bad, to empower, or to deceive and debilitate. It is easier for those raised religious, even when they adopt Atheism such as myself.
You can study Buddhist, and ancient religions such as Taoism, and religions with only hundreds of years of history, such as the fearless Sikh, you can eliminate your fear of death through such. But doing so, reveals how intricate fear of death is to society, and one must tread with care, lest you become estranged from that same society.
the United States toy with two-way neural interfaces, and the Chinese
toy with brains grown in vats, Latin America’s plots for mind control
shall remain the same old classic ways, through the drugs you love to
consume, and literature.
Lawyers know a truth that evades far too many theologians. Namely, that a case can be made for or against literally anything. The crux of the matter, then, rests solely in what you’re willing to pay to uphold and otherwise defend your position, and perhaps how aware you actually are of its price.
The life-giving aspect of this truth is that meaning can be forged from literally any array of circumstances or experiences. The death-dealing aspect is that in all matters, meaning must be made and is never intrinsic. Perception is only part of the equation- cognitive agency is the other, more substantial, and typically less accessible portion.
Cognitive agency is born of expansive awareness, and such awareness is birthed only of intentionality. One might fathom then that a chief task in life would be the cultivation and nurturing of ever-deepening awareness. But, alas, the price of such freedom is frequently deemed too high by the masses, who know not the cost of ignorance.
The Buddha also said that everything that is composed of the four elements, including this earth, will show itself as transient and subject to the Law of Impermanence (anicca).
The Buddha said: “All compounded things, indeed, are subject to arising and passing away; what is born comes to an end and blessed is the end of becoming on the path to peace.”