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CHAT: facing your own mortality

From:David McCann <david@...>
Date:Friday, June 27, 2008, 23:02
On Thu, 2008-06-26, Rick Harrison wrote:

> Is it arrogant to want some of your ideas to live on after you die? >
Archivist: … the lodge has destruction ceremonies yearly … Pandora: You destroy valuable books? A: Oh, yes. Who wants to be buried under them? P: But that's the point of information storage and retrieval systems! … Information is passed on — the central act of human culture. A: … Books no one reads go; books people read go after a while. But they all go. Books are mortal they die. A book is an act; it takes place in time, not just in space. It is not information, but relation. P: This is the kind of conversation they always have in utopia. I set you up and then you give interesting, eloquent, and almost entirely convincing replies. … I never did like smartass utopians. Always Coming Home, by Ursula K. Le Guin (the greatest living American writer?)