Death should be easy to define, its just life coming to an end, but is it more than that? Now I'm not getting into religion here and nor will I ever but our own death is much more important in our own minds than any other. This is, I believe, purely down to our evolved instinct to survive, an instinct all life forms have, from your "basic" single celled organism up to your "highly evolved" primate, simply because if we did not have this instinct we would not be here to question it. So purely by existing is proof of our evolved state. So why should we fear death, It's one thing to have an instinct to survive but another to fear not surviving, now this could just be a fear of going against our instinct, which in It's self is instinctive, or could it be something more. I've heard many people say " I stay alive for my …………" insert any title there, but really? I mean really think about that statement, do we really have such an impact and influence on other people that we save them from torment and suffering or improve there existence by existing? All deaths I've experienced during my short life on this planet have been followed by a short period of grief and then I move on, I forget, I visit graves once a year just to remind myself of these people, as if society makes me feel guilty about forgetting former loved ones. Can anyone truly say that anybody else would suffer forever if said person wasn't alive? And if so is that true or arrogance? or does that statement just serve to justify our evolved instinct to survive? It's definitely true that children strive with parents, but must that parent be you? I'm sure that a child would strive in the company of any suitable adult whether they call them mom and dad or something else. I believe that statement to be null, for example, I love my mother and I know I'm better off that she is alive as she is better off that I'm alive, but what if we never met? Or if she had a son that wasn't me, would she or me care if the other were alive? And as we are related how long would it be to "get over" one another's death. Fear of death is, in my opinion, purely instinctive, evolution of society has made people believe that one persons death has a lasting impact where it cannot, respect of life and fear of death are not taboo's we shouldn't explore and define, we are just not that important. The universe didn't care I wasn't alive for 13.7 billion years before my birth and it will not care for billions of years after I'm gone. I write this not to provoke or annoy but I'm truly curious of people's opinion on the subject.