In my opinion, we are programmed via “evolution” and “nature” to fear death, think about it: if we humans did not have fear of death. Many of us would not survive to adulthood and reproduction and care/raising of our kids. We fear harm, and we fear the loss of “everything” that occurs in death, and we certainly also fear the death of other humans in our lives that are important to us.
This seems unlikely to me. Everything I have learned in this life points to the brain being machinery, almost like a computer, and if we damage or kill the brain, then there is nothing, for the parts of the brain that are gone/dead. If we suffer major injury to our hippocampus and/or neo-cortex and/or amygdala, our memory functions cease in the corresponding ways based on damage to this area.
Think of terms of the computer. Take out the highspeed level 1/2 cache, and the computer performs much slower, being forced to use the much slower Random Access Memory. Take that out, and the computer is forced to use the even slower “physical” memory that can store data even in the event of a power loss (long term memory.) Take all 3 out, and the rest of the computer can do nothing at all. (Technically, w/o any one of these, the computer will stop functioning w/o a robust work around, but the human brain is much more adaptable and “elastic” then the ultra rigid processes of a computer.
I am going to guess you are 20 years old. 20 times 365 = 7300. That is roughly 7300 times you went to sleep for a couple of hours and woke back up. Double that number (at minimum) if you count naps. Especially when you were little. You are well out of the higher risk zone as well, (you are not an infant so you (well your parents) no longer have to worry about SIDS. Also look at the statistics, how many people around your age “die” in their sleep? My guess on any given night, its 1 in many millions.
I think everyone does as I said above, it is only natural. The real question is, do you let your fear control you? I fear death, and I use that as motivation to “Carpe Diem” (seize the day) instead of worrying about the future. We can safely assume our lives our finite, so we should take advantage of the fact that we are, instead of worrying about when we are not.
Yes, the world goes on, but the person that dies, that person’s world ends.
Me personally I realize I am 99+% (genetically, the instructions of life) the same as all other humans on this planet, we humans as a race, a subspecies of apes, continue on. I consider myself a part of the human race, and that part will very likely continue on, only my part in it will end. So far I have lived my life like it is finite, and I am very grateful to be alive. I think that is all we can do to help alleviate the fear of death.
Sure, we can pick up unevidenced superstition to fool ourselves and make ourselves feel better, but I personally think there is a heavy price to be paid for that.