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Existentialism stresses need to rise beyond duality of life and death
Commonly, most of us avoid thinking about our death since we get struck with fear when we think of death. However, existentialism views dying as a natural process and holds that speaking about death gives meaning to our life and takes away its fear.

Many existentialists hold that there is no method to know death and death cannot be known at all but it is an interesting concept to be dwelled on from a detached point of view.

Thus, according to existentialism, we all are living towards death in time. And, this notion can give life a direction and framework within which to understand the changes and different shades that life brings in its wake. In fact, coming to terms with one's death involves reflection on its significance in one's life, and thinking about the larger values that give life its meaning.

According to Osho, human minds have an insane desire that they want only life and not death He holds that any desire that goes against nature is insane. "Life exists through death. Without death there will be no life at all. Death is not the end but the culmination, the crescendo. Death is not the enemy it is the friend. It makes life possible.''

Noted existentialist, J. Krishnamurti, holds that human beings wrongfully concerned with is continuity, not death. "We do not want to know what death is; we do not want to know the extraordinary miracle, the beauty, the depth, the vastness of death," he observes.

Krishamurti suggests that to experience what is death; what is solitude and what is meditation, one must be  in a state of inquiry; only a mind that is in a state of inquiry is capable of learning.

Similarly, Dag Hammarskjold talks of duality of living and dying as the cause of strife and says in his poem, "Empty-handed I entered the world / Barefoot I leave it. / My coming, my going-/ Two simple happenings / That got entangled." he advises further, "Do not seek death; death will find you. But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment."

Suggesting that we need to evolve beyond the duality of life and death, Arthur Schopenhauer says, "Birth and death are not two different states, but they are different aspects of the same state. There is as little reason to deplore the one as there is to be pleased over the other."

Thus existentialism proposes to live by rising above and beyond the duality of life and death and celebrate both.

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