It's not death that I'm afraid of, it's the process of dying, loss of function,loss of ability, etc. that bothers me. As far as a soul is concerned, absolutely no evidence of a soul = no soul.
Agreed. To add, dying feeling I haven't lived (goes hand in hand with dying young too). Personally I don't want immortality, but ceasing to exist, I think there's to be found there. The pain and suffering is not something anybody would want, I'd want it to be quick and painless as possible and to be easiest for those around me.
And I think most of us would be pleasantly surprised (I'm an optimist) at just how far our legacies reach, especially in terms of affecting other people. Since I've pushed on into middle age I've become acutely aware of that: coworkers, the guy who delivers uniforms at the warehouse, the cashier at the supermarket, the staff at the library, even the homeless couple who wait by the parking lot for handouts. Unless you're a devout hermit, you have a routine that impacts others and are part of their routines.
We're a socially dependent species who has grown to such heights that no one's success can be put solely on themselves. Our society is built on the efforts of those who came before us and we are building it further for those who come after us. Every achievement is supported by the achievements of others. I think this was what Obama was actually trying to get across when he made is "you did not build that" speech people love taking out of context. They take it to mean "you've not achieved anything" but what it actually means, "you did not achieve it on your own, because people built the bridges to make your achievements possible." Like with the invention of the internet, without it, internet businesses would not even exist. As a hobbyist programmer anything I create in C# or when I dare venture into the realm of C++, it's not solely my work, it is the work of those who wrote the tutorials I have followed, it is the work of those who painstakingly wrote the documentation, it is the work of those who created the SDKs/libraries I use, it is the work of those who created the APIs they work within, it is the work of those who developed the languages I work in and those who developed the languages they worked in and you can keep going back looking to see whose hard work has made such things possible. In the respect, it actually makes me feel kinda small.
But it shows what impact people can have and the greatness they can leave behind, no matter how great or mundane they are.
Though, of course, not every legacy is a positive one and not every impact great. Not to try and suggest these rather idealistic, optistic and hopeful ideas of humanity and society, because there's the darker side of humanity to balance it. If we're going to use the rather geeky programming analogy I used, think of it as Windows 8.