“Death is nature’s way of portioning out the energy, wringing the rag of energy dry, exploiting every ounce of vanished mass at the core of the sun.” (from: Chet Raymo’s “Natural Prayers”)
It would be irresponsibly selfish of me – or anyone – to wish for immortality, to not want to die. My atoms are your atoms, my energy is your energy and the next generation’s energy. We all get our time in the sun, albeit small. But if we use that time wisely we can make it worth it – and make it worth the next generation’s time.
If you can read just the first twenty pages of Chet Raymo’s, “Natural Prayers” and not understand your place in the world, your role in the universe, your purpose in the grand ‘scheme’ of things, you’re not even trying. You don’t WANT to see the truth. But remember this:
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” -Plato.
-I highly recommend Chet Raymo’s, “Natural Prayers” as required reading for everyone.