We are made of organic material and when we die it is the definite end. Like all life. There is no plausible argument for concious existence after death.
Death will be the end of my existence. Period. No supernatural afterlife.
Nothing. No immortality. Although, I kind of hoped they would make an exception for me. (Just kidding!)
Pat, appointment to SCOTUS won't be enough?
If I did get the appointment, I promise to open my mouth more than once every decade, unlike Clarence Thomas.
Good old Clarence. Every time I've seen mention of his speaking, it's always been at Claremont College, where no one will ask him a tough question.
I want to live long enough to read what Scalia says on same sex marriage. I'm wondering it it will be something like "No one did it it the Founders' time; we can't start doing it now."
Problem with Scalia is that, unlike Thomas, he is highly intelligent. And, intellectually dishonest. He combines those two, along with his staunch conservative Catholicism, to railroad his mythical version of the "original intent" of the founding fathers (as magically channeled through him) down the throats of the American public. I can't think of a more politicized member of SCOTUS.
No reason to believe in LAD. Without buying into some other aspect of the supernatural it just doesn't have legs.
This reminds me of a story that happened when I was younger. We had an older, cranky engineer who just happened to be Jehovah Witness. One day some of the other engineers were spreading lies and fishing stories when one of them brought up the fact that the JW engineer didn't believe in life after death. One of the other engineers, obviously joking about his crankiness, shot back that he didn't believe in life before death either.
The LAD part of the JW beliefs may very well be incorrect. I guess the important thing was the joke at the end. I always thought the dig at his bad attitude was pretty amusing. I never did understand why I was hired after being interviewing by him. That was the hardest interview I ever had and he was quite obnoxious in his attitude towards employees he consider himself superior to. Not my problem any more.
I am at the end of my allotted years and I am tired. I do not want to go anywhere. Eternal sleep is very appealing to me. As Carl Sagan says, I am made of star stuff and will return to such. I have had a wonderful life with cherished friends and family. It is enough.
That is beautiful Lillie. I'm glad I got to meet you here on AN.~ Melinda
Yes Lilllie, well said.
I am near the end too but I want another decade to complete and publish lots of important research----that is to be my public legacy.
I have a more private legacy to produce too. I need the time to write a very full autobiography in order that my descendants may know me better than otherwise. My three children know a lot, my six grandchildren not very much---and those yet to be born obviously know nothing. Illustrated autobiographies are so easy to prepare in our new computer world. I would have liked to read the stories of my antecedents, right back to the days of the discovery of writing ......