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36. The Fear of Death and Our Moral Compass: Insights from William Search's Theory of Morality

Updated: Mar 24, 2023


In this blog post, we explore the fascinating theory of Morality and Existence put forth by William Search in his books "Why" and "Conversations with ChatGPT: Exploring the Theory of Morality and Existence." According to Search, the reason humans exist is to help ours and everyone's moral compass grow and expand through a process of eternal progression. We will delve into this thought-provoking theory and discuss the role of the fear of death in shaping our moral compass.

The Fear of Death: A Crucial Element of Moral Growth

A critical aspect of the growth of our moral compass, as theorized by William Search, is the fear of death. This fear of finality pushes us to seize the day, and in turn, our moral compass grows. The awareness of our own mortality imparts a sense of urgency, compelling us to make the most of our time on earth and to do what is right and meaningful.

Motivation to Pursue Personal Fulfillment and Align with Our Values

The fear of death can drive us to seek out and pursue experiences and goals that are personally meaningful and fulfilling. We are encouraged to make choices that align with our values and beliefs, as we understand the importance of living a life true to ourselves in the limited time we have. This drive towards personal fulfillment and alignment with our values is essential in the development of a strong moral compass, as we navigate through the complexities of life.

The Role of Compassion and Connection in Moral Growth

In addition to motivating us to pursue personal fulfillment, the fear of death can also inspire us to be more considerate and compassionate towards others. Recognizing the shared human experience of mortality, we come to appreciate the value of relationships and connections with others. This acknowledgment of our interconnectedness leads to a greater sense of empathy and understanding, ultimately contributing to the growth of our moral compass.


William Search's Theory of Morality and Existence posits that the purpose of human existence is the growth and expansion of our moral compass. The fear of death plays a pivotal role in this process, driving us to pursue personal fulfillment, align with our values, and cultivate compassion and connection with others. As we explore this intriguing theory, we are reminded of the profound impact of our awareness of mortality on our moral development and our journey towards becoming better individuals.

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