[ExI] "death gives meaning to life"
amcmr2003 at yahoo.com.br
Mon Jun 9 04:26:22 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.
The logic is correct for the first part, thats why I gave the example of children in my previous email, which doesnt seem to have reached the list, ill send it again if this arrives first..
but the second part is not quite, because it can be reflective. Life can be the "only" (I would say not the only as in the first part) thing that gives meaning to DEATH.. so you have to concentrate on BOTH, so as to BOTH to have meaning.. one cant "live" - pun intended (or "die" =D) - without the other.
>it's just one of those things mortals tell each other to make them feel better.
exactly, its a trance:
--- Em dom, 8/6/08, John K Clark <jonkc at bellsouth.net> escreveu:
De: John K Clark <jonkc at bellsouth.net>
Assunto: Re: [ExI] "death gives meaning to life"
Para: "ExI chat list" <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
Data: Domingo, 8 de Junho de 2008, 19:30
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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