So I got to thinking, like I usually do, about the [depressing] state of our existence in general. I assume many people on AN are humanists, I've seen the topic around a bit and so I'm wondering~
Some of the greatest humanists, or fathers of the modern humanist movement, seemed to embrace the futility of life, some to the extent of rejecting a funeral after their death (sources will be provided upon request) and so I wonder, how is it we modern atheists deal with dying? Please listen to this, because it is important; I am not dealing with the actual concept of death, no need for that; what I'm referring to is the understanding that the greatest proportion of human beings who have ever been are completely forgotten, as though their lives have never happened. We will, most likely, fall into that unknown oblivion, forgotten a generation after we are gone.. We know that, and yet some feel that wanting anything different is egotistical.. Is it? Is wanting to be remembered the way Socrates or Kant will be remembered, is that yearning to leave an impact in some small way, egotistical? Sure enough it is human, and shouldn't necessarily be discarded, but should it be embraced? Should I succumb to the numbing feeling I get when I realize that I will not be 'remembered' in the historical sense, no matter how brilliant? (looking at it merely statistically) I personally feel its gratifying in a sense, because in a way it makes me realize I have something that I feel should be remembered, but where do you stand? Embrace the reality, or shrug it off and put it out of mind; the latter being a state of denial. please, elaborate on your answers; I've no need for simple yes or no types, I'd like a good Philosophical discussion.