“Huh, really?” “Yes. Seriously, when will you really die?”
Till 23rd April 2015, the website http://www.death-clock.org/ has registered 42,94,822 people who have used it to calculate their last day of life. That’s merely 0.61% of the world’s total population but considering that only 42.5% of the world’s population can access the internet (http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm) and out of them 27% are below 15 years (http://www.gapminder.org/news/world-peak-number-of-children-is-now/) it’s about 20% of the world’s total population who are mentally mature enough and can access internet. So Yah, people do like to know about their death. But, coming back to the question, when will you actually die?
The above mentioned site uses data provided by WHO and also your habits to predict when will you die so to a great extent, yes it does give a fair idea about your lifetime but then again, it doesn’t take into account things like- accidents and fatal diseases.
Exact time of death is extremely unpredictable, and we may never actually know “when will any of us die”, although, ironically enough, ‘death’ itself is perhaps the most absolute thing for us. We all will someday, for sure, die even though we don’t know when.
Knowing that someday, we will for sure die, makes the value of knowing ‘when’ less important none the less it still remains important. Why do so much hard work then if we will have to die and that also uncertainly?
Well, David Eagleman says in Forty Tales from the Afterlives-
” There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave and the third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.”
So you can either choose to mourn your upcoming death or you can work so that even after you physically die, people may never stop taking your name, may never let you fade into oblivion, may never let you, “actually die”.
And as always, thanks for reading !