[ExI] "Death gives meaning to life?"
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Wed Jun 11 13:54:11 UTC 2008
On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 1:05 AM, Thomas <thomas at thomasoliver.net> wrote:
> From: Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com>
> Date: June 9, 2008 11:20:50 PM MST
> To: ExI chat list <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
> Subject: Re: [ExI] "death gives meaning to life"
> Reply-To: ExI chat list <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
> At 10:51 PM 6/9/2008 -0700, Lee wrote:
> I also agree with you strongly that we really cannot
> charge the author of this wicked phrase with claiming
> that death gives the only meaning to life, or even
> that death gives the primary meaning to life.
This "wicked phrase" is an evident nonsense, and the fact that more
than enough people say it only shows that more than enough people and
more than enough stupid, or clueless victims of religious propaganda.
"Death gives meaning to life" is an evident nonsense because dead
people cannot experience meaning. A similar sentence, "unhappiness
gives meaning to happiness", is understood, by stupid or brainwashed
people, in its literal meaning. But smart a##holes use it as "_your_
unhappiness gives meaning to _my_ happiness", which is the only
logically consistent meaning of these nonsensical statements.
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