[ExI] "death gives meaning to life"

John K Clark jonkc at bellsouth.net
Sun Jun 8 22:30:43 UTC 2008

If true then death must be the ONLY thing that gives life meaning,
the one and only thing we should concern ourselves with is death,
everything else is trivial. And that's about as depressing a 
philosophy as I can imagine! The reason I say that is if death only
provided 99.99% of meaning then although minute by minute my 
immortal life is only .01% as meaningful as your mortal one, .01%
of infinity is still infinity. But something can be meaningful only 
when it exists, and 99.99% of threescore years and ten is finite.
So it must be 100%, nothing else can be important.

Of course whoever invented the silly phrase "death gives 
meaning to life" wasn't expecting anybody to think about it 
mathematically, he was not expecting anybody to think about it 
at all, it's just one of those things mortals tell each other to make
them feel better.

  John K Clark

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