Death is notoriously difficult for people in the West to cope with. This is in contrast to the people of Malaysia, Indonesia and China, where death is seen more as a natural function like birth or growing old. In Western civilisation we celebrate birth and the anniversary of birth but death is something we shrink away from in fear.
According to scientific research it's becoming increasingly likely that consciousness itself is merely the result of various chemical reactions in the brain, just like dreams. Even our sense of touch is now shown to be the result of an electrical discharge between the object touched and the water in the cells of our fingertip. The problem with being so clever that we can explain everything is that nothing remains sacred. To be sacred something has to be unexplained. If we unpick the code, the mystique vanishes.
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