Is Death Better Than Life? God Only Knows

Death is often portrayed as something to intensely fear. For Plato, however, no evil could happen to a man in life or after death. For he believed death is either one of two things:

  1. The dead person loses all consciousness.
  2. Death is a change and migration of the soul to another place.

Loss of consciousness would be nothing more than a soundly night of rest. Time would be nothing more than one night.


The second case implies infinite happiness and immorality. You would be reunited with all of your deceased loved ones, pets, and countless other people. Plato joked surely men wouldn't be put to death for examining them.


Plato's dying request was for to have his sons punished if they cared for materials or anything other than virtue. To quote Antoine de Saint-Exupery from The Little Prince, "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." We are all divine creatures made of stardust. Most importantly, we are the embodiment of creativity, love, compassion, non-violence, peace, and righteousness. Everything changes, but who we are remains the same.