Intimidating as death may sound, it is one inescapable episode of life. Dauntlessly, we dive right in and see what our contemplation could offer.
Detachment – We shall dissect the beliefs and perspectives people have on death. Are our impressions of death fictional or fated? Should it be just as neutral as life should be?
Inspection – We will then explore the notion of death linguistically, legally, and socially – an insight into the non-transferability of meanings of words from language to language, a controversial case study of necessary cannibalism, and a reflection on how modern digitalization is involved in emotional experiences in response to deaths.
Reawakening –In this last section, the example of African-Americans illustrates how the deaths of previous generations inspire future generations to cultivate their cultures and embrace their identities. Following, an examination of the more recent philosophical theories opens up new perspectives to view death. It is unlikely that we will soon reach a definite answer to what happens after death. During our lives, how should we confront death?
Upon the mention of death, what instantly comes to our minds are separation, grief, and eternal darkness… but there is so much more to that. Indeed, no one can be certain about what happens after the moment we stop breathing, our hearts stop beating, and our blood stops flowing. How are we almost so sure that it is bad? How have our beliefs developed that we almost always associate death with the concepts of heaven and hell, transmigration and soul detachment?
Extending from individual deaths, we must not overlook deaths in larger contexts. On one hand, we have deaths of non-living, but important things – that of languages, cultures and civilizations; on the other, we have extinction of species, including human species. We believe that just as we are constantly in search of the meaning of life, the journey in search of the meaning of death is just as intriguing. In this issue, we invite you to ponder over death with us.
Editor in Chief
Why we joined this project
Writing is the most rigorous form of thinking and evaluating my ideas
- I wanted to challenge myself
To inspire others to ask big questions and find answers to them
To find a platform of an organised effort of expression
Drag students away from their screens
Encourage students to make time for curiosity
To empower people with higher social awareness and to make change
To encourage people to read about subjects beyond their field of speciality
Life is a kite and you need to run against the wind
to gain a better view of the world around us
Just because I am curious :)
Polishing writing and communication skills
Learning to cooperate with others
Soothing my mind by expressing myself
Directing a film to capture the dynamic story of the world’s dilemmas
To try out something new
The CUriosity team extends their sincere appreciation to the General Education Foundation for their full support and funding of our publication. We also wish to thank the following people, who provided valuable feedback that enhanced the content and quality of our writing:
Dr. Tjonnie Li (Department of Physics)
Mr. Mike See (English Language Teaching Unit)
Finally, our warmest gratitude to Dr. Isabel Hwang (Faculty of Medicine) and Dr. Klaus Colanero (General Education Foundation), our supervisors, whose insightful and candid comments both encouraged and challenged us to think, to write, and to think like a writer.