Damnable Shower Thoughts: Death

When our life is over, we’re dead. What were we before we were born? Assuming that the nothingness after life is the same as the nothingness before life, were we dead before? If so, doesn’t that make us zombies, of a sort? The Un-undead?

8 Replies to “Damnable Shower Thoughts: Death”

  1. I’d say no because we’re only dead if we stopped living. The time before we were, we simply did not exist :P. So to be a zombie, you would have had to have died, which meant you had to have originally lived, then come back to life in the same body in which you died. Furthermore, I think that you have to come back not only in a cognitively impaired state, but that your body stay in the same state it was in death (if it’s decomposed, it must remain decomposed). This means things like resurrection and rebirth don’t qualify you for zombie-hood.

    In fact, I think if we look at life and death as what happens to the body, rather than us, then the question about what happens after we were goes away.

    Just my two cents 🙂

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    1. I got the idea from Futurama, “Teenage Mutant Leela’s Hurdles.” Not the first time that shows got me to thinking. Granted, it’s not a radical shift in philosophy, but it was a fun thought to play with.

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      1. Great show — and comedic or not, it does provide food for thought. In fact, I think a lot of speculative comedies manage that, and they get more leeway to play around in. Comedy is often the biggest blank check you can get to let your imagination go wild 🙂

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    1. Ha! Your nephew is in good company (the writers of Futurama). That is, I got this idea from an episode of Futurama, “Teenage Mutant Leela’s Hurdles.”


  2. Well, that’s a theme. But I believe in life after death, and that we didn’t exist before birth. Like a tree, starts from a seed (and what came first is another theory) grows into a tree, and once it dies, it goes on, still wood, but something else. And once dead, there’s the after life, still you yet changed.

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    1. It’s something fun to think about. The idea actually came to me when watching Futurama, “Teenage Mutant Leela’s Hurdles.” Professor Farnsworth is explaining how they are all getting younger and will continue to get younger and younger, return to the fetal stage, pre life, and eventually death. That got me wondering, is the time before we were born the same as the time after we’re gone?

      There’s no way to know for sure, but it’s a fun though experiment.


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