Re: CHAT: facing your own mortality (as a conlanger)
|Date:||Saturday, July 5, 2008, 2:14|
> [mailto:CONLANG@listserv.brown.edu] On Behalf Of JorgRhiemeier
> On Wed, 2 Jul 2008 23:05:22 -0400, Dana Nutter wrote:
> > I know other believe differently, and they are entitled todo
> > so, but my philosophy is when I'm gone, I'm nothing morethan
> > food for the worms whether anyone remembers me or not.Leaving
> > something behind means nothing to me.
> That's a rather bleak and cynical outlook, I must say.
Cynical, yes. But that's the way it is, however it doesn't have
to be bleak.
> I know that I don't know what happens to me after I die,
> but apart from this _scio ut nescio_ I firmly believe
> that we are here with a purpose, namely to make the world
> a better and more beautiful place. And that means that we
> *should* care about the rest of the world, even beyond our
> own lifespans.
The whole thing about purpose is based in the belief in some
type of grand scheme which presumes a "creator". Therefore
without a creator and a plan, there is no purpose either.
As to the idea of a better and more beautiful world, that's
subjective. Some people's visions of a better world have turned
out to be living nightmares for others. Putting that aside,
there is still a reason for improving the world. I live in the
world therefore I want to improve where I live, but I'm much
more interested in improving the specific places where I live,
work and play.