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Re: Is life ultimately a sinking ship?

I think it helps if you consider your existence in terms of cause and effect. Yes, we might just "return to dust" when we die, but we have the ability to affect the future far long after we're gone... For better or for worse. All is connected.

I'll put a quote here that I've always loved:

“How can a three-pound mass of jelly that you can hold in your palm imagine angels, contemplate the meaning of infinity, and even question its own place in the cosmos? Especially awe inspiring is the fact that any single brain, including yours, is made up of atoms that were forged in the hearts of countless, far-flung stars billions of years ago. These particles drifted for eons and light-years until gravity and change brought them together here, now. These atoms now form a conglomerate- your brain- that can not only ponder the very stars that gave it birth but can also think about its own ability to think and wonder about its own ability to wonder. With the arrival of humans, it has been said, the universe has suddenly become conscious of itself. This, truly, it the greatest mystery of all.”

― V.S. Ramachandran, The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

Your post also reminds me of a cartoon that I saw the other day...

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