I confess to fantasizing about "Earth After Humans", and I fantasize about the rivers running clean again, and all urban smog not existing, and no papermill stench next door, and no synthetics in my food. I also fantasize I'm among the only survivors who'd survive long enough to see Earth ecosystems reestablish themselves. Yup, some people fantasize about sexual positions, but I've done them all, so I fantasize about a clean earth.
Will an eventual end to humanity happen during my lifetime, no likely, unless it's a major rare cosmic event. Would I be among the sole survivors, even less likely. But I can still fantasize :)
Alan, very well said, and clearly too.
PS. Two quotes:
"In this world, we eat, shit, sleep and wake up. After that, all we have to do is die."
(Zen master Ikkyu)
"There is no enlightenment outside of daily life."
(Thich Nhat Hanh)
Alan, Zen master Ikkyu has little imagination and maybe terminal depression.
Thich Nhat Hanh sounds like a good guy to have nearby.
Tom...I think he was only saying that most of life is up to us to make something of it.
Some of my Buddhist friends accuse me of having Buddhist ideas. My opinion of Buddhism is as low as my opinion of Western religions. The grass is not greener on the other side. But of course both sides do occasionally come up with a good line.
Can a non believer`s life have purpose? Of course it can. Albert Camus addressed this question.
bobh, in 25 or fewer words, how did Camus address it?
I sorta think life is like a roll of toilet paper - the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.
lol Alan. It's true!
BTW, we just relocated to NH after 19 years in Highland Park. I worked at Kraft in Northfield.
LOL Alan, that was perfectly good coffee wasted on this damn screen!