Death. Life. Mortality. Absence. Emptiness.

Anyone with an inquisitive mind or philosophical interest in the questions presented to them by the facts of their own presence in the world must sooner or later encounter the disconcerting issue of their own inevitable non-existence. It is interesting to note that in all the very many ways that death is conversationally and culturally interpreted, represented, rendered, translated or avoided that it’s own conspicuous conceptual absence is in general (still) a powerful psychological presence, perhaps even more powerful in direct, inverse (!) proportion to the extent to which it is obfuscated or masked. Psychonalysis has certainly been harping on about Eros and Thanatos for long enough. In any case, death is an inevitability and teleological of life that we all do very well not to hurry along in any manner. It will come of its own accord, no need to hasten its arrival.

It is a (foundationally) metaphysical consideration to aspire to explain what may happen for us little organic information and energy bundles when we die. Metaphysical assertions remain (provably !) unprovable and for this reason, are fundamentally untrustworthy. Of course, metaphysical assertions find themselves in very good company in regards to their unprovability. While some unprovable assertions are clearly absurd, others find themselves in unexpected proximity to some very strange bedfellows indeed – in logic, mathematics and physics. You might say – unprovable assertions are all members of the same class of entities but there are clearly distinct sub-classes into which plausibly real (but unprovable) assertions are differentiated from fake news, common-or-garden-variety bullshit and lies. (Differentiating FAKE fake news from authentic fake news opens yet another epistemological rabbit hole that I won’t be abseiling down here today.)

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