Single Idea 344

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Value / 2. Values / d. Death]

Full Idea

If death is like a night of dreamless sleep it is an advantage, for such nights are very pleasant, and eternity would seem like a single night.

Gist of Idea

If death is like a night of dreamless sleep, such nights are very pleasant

Source

Socrates (reports of last days [c.399 BCE]), quoted by Plato - The Apology 40d

Book Reference

Plato: 'Complete Works', ed/tr. Cooper,John M. [Hackett 1997], p.35


A Reaction

Dreamless sleep is only pleasant if being awake is unpleasant. Very quiet days are only pleasant if the active days are horrible. A desire for a totally quiet life is absurd.