Apr16-10, 12:54 PM
Me? I reflect that the human world has progressed in many ways, though nauseatingly wastefully, messily and increasingly worryingly insecurely. But that "progress" implies that in at least some ways the average human has left behind more that was constructive than negative. The best form of immortality I can see for myself is such a contribution. It beats the hell out of an eroding chunk of funerary kitsch!
Are you familiar with Piet Hein's Grooks? My candidate for the 20th Century's greatest epigrams.
Giving in is no defeat
Passing on is no retreat
Selves were made to rise above
You shall live in what you love.
Immortality of one's positive contributions might not be as good (or as bad?) as living forever, but it beats hangovers, cirrhosis and putrescence.
As I see it anyway. I do not urge my arguments as cogent, but they work for me.
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