Originally posted by Badwater
Bierce pulled no punches on anyone, including himself. It's no surprise that the targets of the truth of his words do not appreciate their utterance.
How often have people missed the mark and then claimed that the target was simply in denial of the hit?
If you believe in an afterlife, then death is the movement to that afterlife, but it also takes you away from everything in this life, including the chance to change, grow, learn, love, help others, etc. While suicidal people see this movement away from this existence as a good thing because it will end their earthly physical/mental agony, most people are quite willing to postpone their afterlife. After all, if it's going to last until eternity, what's the rush?
The other point is just plain stupid. People of all religions and people who shun all religions kill people. Whether they claim to be doing it in the name of their diety, or the voices in their heads, to end a worse horror, or just because they're ticked off, the end result is the same, and it has nothing to do with the victim's afterlife.
Bierce punched himself on the face with this one. Had he just wondered why people who believe in an afterlife hold such afterlife in high regard and then avoid it like the plague, he'd have an interesting conversation starter.