Thomas Ligotti on stiffness.
Rationality is irrelevant to our being afraid or not afraid of anything.
Those who say that rationality has or can have any relevance in this
regard do not know what they are talking about, perhaps most of all
when they are talking about the fear of death. One reason among
many for this fear is that we are perfectly capable of visualizing
what it is like to be a stiff just like any other stiff we have witnessed
in repose while loved ones wept and mere acquaintances checked
their watches because they had places to go and people to see who
had not been embalmed. This "being-towards-being-a-stiff," as the
twentieth-century German philosopher Martin Heidegger might
say, is an unpleasant prospect, if only in our imaginations.