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#34 - mygenerationsucks (04/16/2013) [-]
I m going to the army in a week. And my mortality is just hitting me. I m agnostic but the concept of death keeps biting at the back of my mind. I need some advice.
User avatar #1250 to #34 - cubicalpayload (10/20/2014) [-]
Did you die?
User avatar #1251 to #1250 - mygenerationsucks (11/17/2014) [-]
Nope still kicking
User avatar #1161 to #34 - vycanismajoris (04/17/2013) [-]
Are you basically saying that you're afraid of dying? I know you have 70+ replies to this comment only, but explain.
User avatar #1165 to #1161 - mygenerationsucks (04/17/2013) [-]
I keep imagining what my last moments would be like. I ve imagined what death would be like all i see is darkness and when i think of it i m always awake. I cant help but wonder what it d be like after i die. Where my conciousness goes what happens to me if reincarnation is real.
User avatar #1166 to #1165 - vycanismajoris (04/17/2013) [-]
-Why would you be awake, seeing darkness? All your neurons would be dead. You just become nothing. Your molecules may someday become a part of the soil, then some plant, maybe an animal, and maybe a human who ate that animal. I don't think you'll be aware of it, though.
-Why are you joining the army? Do you like it or have no other option?
-Your last moments will probably be when you get old, or when you get shot in combat. In the latter, you either die right away and don't suffer, or you'll live long enough for your mates/maybe family to be with you. You probably won't care for physical pain at that point, because you know you are dying and you don't give a **** /adrenaline acts as a natural painkiller/your teammates take you to a doctor, that gives you an actual painkiller.
#1093 to #34 - anon (04/17/2013) [-]
I've been Soldiering for 15 years now, 3 vacations in the sand, been personally blown up 12 times and under direct fire more times than I care to think about. I am agnostic as well. Somethings out there just not what man thinks it is as far as I'm concerned. Thinking about your mortality kinda gets tossed out the window after awhile.But no worries, combat rotations are rare nowadays (my last was a 15 month vacation in '08-'09) we only go for 6-9 months and you have to do 2 years between trips. Soldiers are not hard anymore, most of them make me sick thinking they will continue on after I leave. Best advice is don't be a puss, do as your told, Soldier up and live the constitution.
User avatar #1088 to #34 - ponchosdm (04/17/2013) [-]
for having an username saying myganerationsucks, i do think that you are really noble for trying to protect it, still, as atheist, the death would be just a game over for me, so have the best possible game while you are here.
Good Luck, hope to see your post here some years in future saying you are safe and back for the lulz
Take care bro.
User avatar #1053 to #34 - badsamaritan (04/17/2013) [-]
Wise man once said, "there is no such thing as an atheist in a fox hole"
#1045 to #34 - morke (04/17/2013) [-]
Don't die.
Don't die.
#1035 to #34 - anon (04/17/2013) [-]
"Why should I die for my country when I can make the stupid bastard at the end of my gun die for his?"

#1012 to #34 - lolwutthef (04/17/2013) [-]
bro... you'll be fine, post some funny stories when you get back you amazing ************

random pic to make you laugh
User avatar #1006 to #34 - badxfox (04/17/2013) [-]
God, I had just finished reading about HachikĊ.

Your picture made me cry.
#1005 to #34 - anon (04/17/2013) [-]
I always say, if you're right and I'm wrong, at least I tried to live a decent life and tried to spread love and kindness to others, while giving myself peace of mind about my afterlife. All I wasted were Sundays and Wednesday nights.
However, if I'm right and you're wrong, that's gonna be a bad time for you.
Not saying you're wrong, just a saying I like to think on.
If you're really worried, I would go the Life of Pi route. Go to a church, a mosque, a synagogue, etc. Ask the religious figures about their respective religions and learn about them. If one strikes you in your heart as true, then research it more. Start believing. If you just can't believe, then that's your life. hat's just a part of you. I would try praying at least once, though. Take a step towards God, and he will run to you.
I hope you don't mind, but I'll pray for your safe return to your home, as I hope you do the same for me when I go into the army. Have an awesome day.
#997 to #34 - anon (04/17/2013) [-]
Find a friend who's Christian (or religious in a different faith) and just, you know, talk about it all. It doesn't hurt, why would it?
Military has chaplains too if you'd rather wait till then.
(Lazy to log in btw)
#966 to #34 - fellowhuman (04/17/2013) [-]
If you're Canadian ill see you in what ever **** hole they send us
#942 to #34 - spetsnazvymple (04/17/2013) [-]

join the usmc
#941 to #34 - innovamania (04/17/2013) [-]
I offer you one of my favorite quotes about death.
I'm not afraid of death. It's the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life. - Jean Giraudoux, Amphitryon
#938 to #34 - ohitshim (04/16/2013) [-]
Just think about it this way, if you die, what happens?

You won't just be seeing all black for eternity, because then you would know that you were seeing black. thin about it. when you're dead, do you really know that your dead? Because if your dead then you wouldn't be able to know that your dead. So what will happen to you? Once your dead you won't feel pain, because your dead, that's what really confuses me honestly. If your dead you can't really know that your dead, because well your dead. Would you just see all darkness? No, because you wouldn't realize it. I'm no religious person or anything, but I think that when you die something happens to you. Maybe not heaven or hell, maybe not anything that us humans can think of. But hey we don't know, believe me when I say this. Death is the least of your problems.
#932 to #34 - anon (04/16/2013) [-]
The best advice I can think of is don't join the army but I guess that ship has sailed, good luck overseas i hope you make it back safe.
#892 to #34 - anon (04/16/2013) [-]
Don't take uncalculated risks. Remember that honor isn't meaningless. When all is said and done, your integrity is all you have. Fate is ******** . How well you do out there is up to you - so keep a good head on your shoulders and stay sharp. You'll make it back just fine.
#863 to #34 - anon (04/16/2013) [-]
Hey dude im activce duty soldier you will be fine just relax and do as your told and you will be fine you will have ways to defend your self. Good luck!
#853 to #34 - brainiacman (04/16/2013) [-]
Nothing is worse than a regret fill coffin. We can try to prolong the inevitable, but even superman has to die, someday. All we can really do is enjoy our time and make the most of it, while we still have it. Don't fear death because it can be right around the corner.
User avatar #817 to #34 - sippay (04/16/2013) [-]
When you die, its over, you go into oblivion. no more you. you will have no consciousness, its like an endless sleep. search your feelings. you know it to be true.
#812 to #34 - xxdallascowboysxx (04/16/2013) [-]
You should live by YOLO. The real YOLO, not the one that says you should do stupid stuff that could get you killed. The YOLO that says you shouldn't hold back on doing the stuff you need to do because of fear.
#805 to #34 - anon (04/16/2013) [-]
read Hegel's Reason In History.
#749 to #34 - anon (04/16/2013) [-]
best advice is to talk to the chaplain brother and to follow your heart. it will lead you in the right direction. God bless you soldier.
#740 to #34 - spacelubber (04/16/2013) [-]
Don't die.
User avatar #639 to #34 - mrfop (04/16/2013) [-]
Don't die
User avatar #600 to #34 - fuelnfire ONLINE (04/16/2013) [-]
"If you think you're gonna die, take out a few bastards with you, so your buddies have less to deal with." What I was told in the corps. I'm not sure bout you, everyone's different, but I was more afraid of losing my brothers then dying myself. The idea of the guys I was sitting beside riding into a town might not be there on the way back gave me the creeps. I never thought about myself dying, till bullets started flying. Then you just focus on shooting back, and finding cover. You'll be fine, and good luck. I'm agnostic as well btw.
User avatar #585 to #34 - mrstalin (04/16/2013) [-]
The way I see it, there are five possible outcomes.
1) Reincarnation
2) Heaven / Hell type thing
3) Wander the universe as a ghost for all eternity
4) Science brings about immortality and death is now optional
5) Truly stop giving a **** for all time.

All of them sound pretty good to me. Fifth least of all, but hey, I'm gonna be dead, so what will I care?
#575 to #34 - anon (04/16/2013) [-]
(In response to your pic) Dammit man......I wanted for my day to go on without a tear.
User avatar #571 to #34 - brettd (04/16/2013) [-]
Unfortunately, coming to grips with death is like coming to grips with your own sexuality. You just have to figure it out for yourself. I used to freak myself out a lot thinking about what happens when we die, but eventually i realized that death is just as much a part of life as living itself. I'm sorry i can't be more helpful, but i promise you'll understand soon enough.

"To the well-organized mind, death is simply the next great adventure." -Albus Dumbledore
#552 to #34 - anon (04/16/2013) [-]
Accept Jesus as your truly and only savior.

This is what i truly believe that will give you peace. I'm only saying this beacuse it's from my own experience. I'll not discuss any kind of religion or beliefs. This is what i believe and it was this that make me feel better, and for that, i feel obliged to share, not just with you, but with anyone in need. No religion can give salvation. Only Jesus can. But that's for you to decide. God loves you the same way he loves me or anyone else.
I don't know if what i said made any sense for you or if you give a **** for what i said, but i'd be happy to know that i helped someone have a little more hope, or feel a little happier.
In any case, good luck, thanks for your service, and God bless you \o
#543 to #34 - elcreepo (04/16/2013) [-]
If you die, you will wake up the moment you die. You will be surrounded by trees and mountains, rivers and fields, at the front of an impenetrable fortress. The man will greet you and show you inside, where there will be first two fountains with beautiful round women frolicking in its root beer showers. Next you will be shown to a hall filled with food so delicious you can't stop eating until you're stuffed, followed by glorious battle in which you never die and always emerge victorious.

After battle you will be greeted by Odin with a warm hug, and as you smell his stench, the stench worn by all warriors, you realize you are home young warrior, for you are a prince of Valhalla, and as long as the sun shines on your kingdom you will remain there with your fellow norsemen.
User avatar #538 to #34 - neonlight (04/16/2013) [-]
live well and don't die that's what i would try to do
#537 to #34 - anon (04/16/2013) [-]
Avoid bullets.
#510 to #34 - commissarcrunch (04/16/2013) [-]
as someone who has nearly died and had to confront their own mortality my advice is this: figure out what matters most to you in life, think about the things you've done and how you have really influenced people around you. If you can look back on what you've done and smile, then you're set. It's true that we can never truly evade death and one day, we'll all kick the bucket, but personally, as long as i know that i made other people's lives a little better from knowing me, i feel that i'm content with whatever will come.
This isnt to say that you should embrace death or anything, i'm just saying that if you've had a good life so far and you're happy with how things are, then if you should happen to go, go with a smile, not with fear in your eyes.
of course maybe i'm full of **** , i'm not an army guy or anything so i cant really compare my mortal fears with yours...
#421 to #34 - anon (04/16/2013) [-]
It's going to change you. You aren't going to like it. My brother is in the army, and it changed him. He said he went through alot of things while in Afghanistan like being shot at and killing his first man. As long as you are strong, you will get through it. Death is a scary thing for alot of people. You never know what's on the other side, if anything. But you can't let worries get to you, especially out in battle. A distraction like that can get you killed or others killed. You just need to focus on the mission and be strong. Also boot camp is going to suck ass cause I know it did for my bro. Just eat quick and do what you're told. They'll work you till they literally have you vomiting. In the end all this may seem like **** , but it can help you appreciate what you have at home 10x more. My brother learned alot about life in the army, and he really has his **** together now. I see a bright future for him, and it can do the same for you. Good luck dude. I hope you can do us proud.
User avatar #353 to #34 - expensiveprice (04/16/2013) [-]
Don't die.
#340 to #34 - anon (04/16/2013) [-]
Don't get shot or blown up
User avatar #314 to #34 - fukkenname (04/16/2013) [-]
If you get captured, quote Che Guevera

"Shoot coward! You are only killing a man."
#574 to #314 - anon (04/16/2013) [-]
Is it bad that I only know who that is because I played a Metal Gear Solid game?
User avatar #305 to #34 - wesselite (04/16/2013) [-]
you sure about going into the army?
#286 to #34 - anon (04/16/2013) [-]
Don't die.
#241 to #34 - anon (04/16/2013) [-]
Look up Noetic Science (an actual science founded by an astonaut) - it bridges the gap between religion and science, and through quantum physics/mechanics, it proves (YES THEY HAVE ACTUALLY PROVEN THIS) that all humans are connected through a Universal Conciousness - which they choose to call God. They have proven that thoughts alone can affect physical matter, and that the power of intention is a lot more powerful than we think - which is why prayer, according to this science, does actually have an impact if you have the right intention.
#233 to #34 - whatupnachoface (04/16/2013) [-]
Get your **** in order
#230 to #34 - whatupnachoface (04/16/2013) [-]
Maybe take it like this guy   
Maybe just dance
Maybe take it like this guy
Maybe just dance
User avatar #227 to #34 - cubicalpayload (04/16/2013) [-]
Don't die.
#186 to #34 - dcj (04/16/2013) [-]
Each of us only get to die once.

Forget what happens after. Whatever it is, it's inevitable and unavoidable. Think about what you can control-how you want to end. With a bang, or a whimper?

The odds of dying on the battlefield are very low. We haven't had a truly bloody conflict since Vietnam. But even if you die fighting, isn't that one of the best ways to go?
User avatar #334 to #186 - kiwirulestwo (04/16/2013) [-]
#1105 to #334 - anon (04/17/2013) [-]
my apologies but i prefer sovengarde
User avatar #183 to #34 - whtkid (04/16/2013) [-]
Make their mortality hit them first.
User avatar #99 to #34 - secondlawprevails (04/16/2013) [-]
It's not about the time in which you are given to live, It's about the living you do in your time.
#98 to #34 - mazztricks ONLINE (04/16/2013) [-]
As a combat engineer myself,i had to deal with that feel aswell, but it's also nice to know you save people when you have to dig up IED's and mines, or find a tripwire.

It may sound weird but beeing a soldier makes me feel more alive than anything else i ever did, since i'm more afraid of an unlived life, than dying living the best i can...

BTW good luck in the army,
-A Dutch combat engineer
#96 to #34 - anon (04/16/2013) [-]
Bro, I have dealt with this concept for almost 5 years now. The best thing to do is realize that you get one shot at life. The afterlife is your legend and legacy, leave something behind people will remember you by, and you will live forever. That's the best I've come up with.
User avatar #94 to #34 - habasparkz (04/16/2013) [-]
This is weird for me to say but, I'm not afraid to die. I don't want to die but if it came to it I would accept it. Just know that if you do die, which everyone will do someday, your mind will clock out and you will be in a better place. Kinda like a dream. Some call this heaven, others call it hell. This is where the concept of afterlife comes from.
#72 to #34 - anon (04/16/2013) [-]
"Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, and they are unjust, you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones." - Marcus Aurelius

If your mortality is starting to trouble you, I'd recommend you start by defining yourself, what you want from your life. Decide who and what is important to you. Death will take you no matter who you are, what you do or what you believe. The only thing you can do is make sure you won't regret the race you ran when you cross the finish line.
Life is too short, but it's still the longest thing we can experience.
Best of luck to you in the armed forces. Stay sharp, stay safe.
User avatar #1070 to #72 - IncarceratedNinja (04/17/2013) [-]
kinda like what my mom says "ill live the christian way and be a good person, and if there happens to be nothing at the end, ive still lead a good life"
#913 to #72 - imaginariness (04/16/2013) [-]
You are not "An Angry Black Man", you are "a philosophical dude who knows exactly what he's talking about." I enjoy reading these on the internet, have a beer on me.
You are not "An Angry Black Man", you are "a philosophical dude who knows exactly what he's talking about." I enjoy reading these on the internet, have a beer on me.
User avatar #900 to #72 - dayasalion (04/16/2013) [-]
i always thought this way too. if you're a good person all your life, but you don't believe in God, or any religion, a fair God should still allow you to go to heaven (or whatever you believe). But i asked my christian friend this very question and he said it doesn't matter how good of a person you are all your life, if you haven't accepted Jesus as your savior there's no way you can go to heaven. I was blown away by this that a person would even want to believe in a God who gets butthurt if you don't believe in him but have done nothing but good all your life. If anything that should make it more noble, having done all those acts without expecting anything in return.

/rant...idk if i even got my point across
#92 to #72 - anon (04/16/2013) [-]
"if there are gods and they are unjust, you should not want to worship them"

as if god ******* needs you to warship him you moron i hate everyone that says this

"butbutbutbutbut there are a lot of religions and i cant decide which one to follow :("

that just means that you are lazy do your research and see which religion is the most reasonable after all you are only born to warship god
#886 to #92 - psugo (04/16/2013) [-]
I too was born to a warship god!
I too was born to a warship god!
#709 to #92 - thepartygod (04/16/2013) [-]
MS paint skills off the ******* charts.
#378 to #92 - anon (04/16/2013) [-]
Funniest thing i read today. Obviously he is not being serious about the warship.
#1101 to #378 - anon (04/17/2013) [-]
Hopefully he wasn't. but he looks like a big idiot if he really wasn't kidding
#228 to #92 - whatupnachoface (04/16/2013) [-]
this is just so incredibly retarded
this is just so incredibly retarded
User avatar #149 to #92 - greatboobya (04/16/2013) [-]
"as if god wants you to worship him"
"after all you are only born to warship god"

#97 to #92 - Shadwstryker (04/16/2013) [-]
as if god ******* needs you to warship him you moron i hate everyone that says this
******* needs you to warship him you moron

Pic related. I love warships.
#62 to #34 - anon (04/16/2013) [-]
remember! you are fiting for the freedoms of ur country! who cares if u dont know why ur fiting! god will look down on u and grant u into heaven for eternity

god bless USA!
User avatar #48 to #34 - responsibletim (04/16/2013) [-]
Remember why you're there, you're trying to protect your country and everyone in it. Just keep that in your mind and worry about religious matters when you get to them.
#47 to #34 - sketchie (04/16/2013) [-]
I would suggest visiting a few churches/mosques/synagogues and just go with what feels right. If it speaks to you, follow it, but don't follow blindly just because you like the positive parts of a religion.
User avatar #51 to #47 - mygenerationsucks (04/16/2013) [-]
I believe in reincarnation. The only thing that gets me is the moment of death if its nothing but darkness then the astral body. But forgetting all that i am is ******* terrifying
User avatar #44 to #34 - werrew (04/16/2013) [-]
Excuse my lack of military knowledge but what is your trade (Infantry, armored,etc)
User avatar #77 to #45 - multimedia (04/16/2013) [-]
If you get intel on a ******* terrorist attack, leak it to the press. The government is crap at protecting the people.

I'm serious, they knew 9/11 was gonna happen. The Christmas-time plane bomber? Called the FBI and told them what was gonna happen.
User avatar #46 to #45 - werrew (04/16/2013) [-]
Wow that's pretty cool. Just remember that you have friends, family and total strangers from the internet who have hope that you will return uninjured. I think that's the best thing you can do.
#41 to #34 - anon (04/16/2013) [-]
If all else fails, believe in Reincarnation.
#36 to #34 - RageGuyyourmom (04/16/2013) [-]
Remember respawns aren't possible.
User avatar #954 to #36 - hydraetis (04/17/2013) [-]
I like the idea of reincarnation. Only having one lifetime seems like such a petty thing.
User avatar #38 to #36 - mygenerationsucks (04/16/2013) [-]
Damn, there goes my first option.
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