Ideas of Death
Being excommunicated from life, never being able to settle, isolated and alone = death? Yes. Death in time did come to be seen as some form of exile. This gave rise to the original concept of lost souls or ghosts, and it’s at this stage that we have things like the Norse model of hell that would give rise to spiritism practices.
We yearn for connection. And yes, humanity as a whole is inherently social. Really all evidence is pointing at a world where every species is. They have discovered that pretty much all animals are musically inclined, but they respond to things we might not ourselves consider music, tones and patterns of sound that produce the same response in them that music does in us. They are now experimenting with writing animal music.
We are social, but obsessed with staying within a certain group as well. Indeed, human thinking has some really strange quirks.
Would it be normal for a person to prefer solitude then? It’s not normal to prefer solitude as an absolute, no. Absolute solitude is damaging of mental health without exception.
Apparently, we are developing more and more toward being a cooperative species. That way we can better survive. Yes. There is much hope in our future, but this does seem to go hand in hand with trouble. I guess it always has. So where does death defiance come in?
We see in modern thinking that there is a clear difference between living and dying, but our ancestors didn’t really have this set of values. From our point of view their attitude might have seemed callous.
How do we know? Oh, in this case we know because the attitude I speak of persisted well into the historic era.
Acceptance of death? Yes. We have many accounts of life in the face of a mortality that seemed impossible to really do much of anything about, and many schools of thought that we would consider questionable did persist into this era despite falling out of favour in light of the “age of reason.” Much of the horror of death comes primarily from our fear based ideas of it, which isn’t to say that we should all dive into a morbid fascination with death either.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.