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Why do we celebrate our birthday, while knowing that it means we are drawing closer to death?

 
 
jakes9
 
Reply Thu 12 Mar, 2009 06:58 am
Why do we celebrate our birthdays, when we know that it means that one more year has gone off from our life, and we are getting older, meaning closer to death?
Does that mean, we are celebrating our death?
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 12 Mar, 2009 07:03 am
How does getting older make us closer to death? I know families that have lost young children through disease or accident. (SIDS and drowning.)
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George
 
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Reply Thu 12 Mar, 2009 07:12 am
@jakes9,
No, it means we are celebrating our lives while we still live.

This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.
dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 12 Mar, 2009 07:13 am
@George,
George wrote:

No, it means we are celebrating our lives while we still live.

This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.



And also, we're kind of perverse.
DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 12 Mar, 2009 07:15 am
Whistling past the graveyard? Hmmm....
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Ragman
 
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Reply Thu 12 Mar, 2009 07:23 am
because we're not pessimistic doomsdayers.
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ebrown p
 
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Reply Thu 12 Mar, 2009 07:36 am
After you die you will not exist. Before you were born you did not exist. So I guess it is a glass half-full half-empty thing.

Every year, I get further away from the time I didn't exist.
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Thu 12 Mar, 2009 08:37 am
On my birthday I celebrate the fact that I have managed not to die yet.

And you can celebrate your drawing closer to death on any day, really. What distinguishes your birthday is that 365 days have passed since you last drank so much you fell face first into the scorer's table at the bowling alley and chipped your tooth, and later passed out in bed next to your girlfriend with your clothes still on.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 12 Mar, 2009 08:58 am
I actually celebrate my birth, over and over again, while my mother relives it over and over again......
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George
 
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Reply Thu 12 Mar, 2009 10:00 am
@dlowan,
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. . . And also, we're kind of perverse.

That too.
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margo
 
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Reply Thu 12 Mar, 2009 11:59 pm
any excuse for a good time - and then there's presents!
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Elvin
 
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Reply Wed 21 Mar, 2018 11:54 pm
Birthday celebration is not means that we are drawing closer to death but it means we are more mature, explore another new things in our life, make new friends, family. We need to celebrate our birthdays to mark another year of getting through our life and surviving!
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