Why the elder don’t fear death?
After we’re born we go through three stages of life.
First is understanding the information we consider to be our identity.
The second is understanding the information we consider to be the universe we exist within.
The third is squeezing wisdom out from the two prior.
Stage one: we’ve just arrived and we try to formulate ideas of what these things around us are. As we label more and further our understanding of language information becomes more complex. As we understand the trends and themes of the world we live in we sync in with the larger population. Around our teens the superficial trends are established and we develop an idea on how to follow or resist the themes within our lives.
Stage two: we peak during adulthood. We’ve acquired the best information our circumstances deemed necessary to survive and allowed us to reach. We’ve optimized all this information to the efficiencies we’ve become accustomed to. In adulthood, particularly the “middle aged” part, we transition from a state of Mostly Acquiring information to mostly Processing Information. We begin squeezing the logic, wisdom and emotion out of every bit. This transition is the most crucial and violent a person can go through.
Stage three: In the final stages of life we processes more information than we acquire. This slower acquiring speed is responsible for the elderly losing the understanding of the world developing around them. We’re breaking apart what we’ve already gathered. As the world around us continues to change our focus moves to memories, thoughts, interpretations, emotions and abstract reasoning. We lose track of the number of changes as thinking speeds time up and before we know it the number of changes leaves our world difficult to recognize as what is use to be. Everything is complex and too difficult to understand because we’ve not kept up with the new basics. Lost in our own world, this new information is no different than the moment we’re born with the exception that we carry our wisdom regardless of how much of our world we still understand.
Language changes, sights change, people look different, structures look different, we no longer comprehend how our bodies function. We’re back to square one.
Around this point we realize when we die we’re just moving to another arrangement of information we’ll have to learn to navigate whatever that might turn out to be (Heaven, Hell, Simulation, Illusion, Thought). This gives us peace of mind knowing that where we’re going can be no more difficult than where we are and the fear of death leaves.
When the moment comes and we feel the last bit of life leaving what we find we really want is to thank those who were around and let them know we’re ready, because we know we are.
In other words.
We don’t fear going somewhere we don’t understand. By that age, we already exist somewhere we don’t understand.