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Vexen Crabtree 2015


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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Vexen Crabtree 2015

Productivity Versus Regret

A tired man they see. No longer cares. The old man then prepares, to die regretfully.

Accomplishments in life should be long-term and meaningful, not short-term thrills. Each one makes the threat of death, decay and old age seem a tiny bit less worrisome.

As the tides rise, eventually to drown us one by one in senescence and illness, I try harder to build things that will stand as monuments and withstand my death.

But still, Metallica's lyric above, from Unforgiven, still fills me with dread.

Is anything enough?

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I, for very similar reasons, celebrate the ephemeral. Oh and celebrate the wonder of friends and people.

Excepting of course that to aim to tread lightly on the world is a good one to have.

Stop worrying, Chaos theory dose most of the work for you. If a butterfly flapping it's wings in Dubi could in theory lead to a twister going down Southend High Street then every single little thing you do ripples out and makes you more and more immortal.
The ways of the world are so complex that you are probably not ever going to know of or even live long enough to know of 99.99% of the things you have in part caused to happen. You will probably never know your greatest work had anything to do with you (if you live long enough to see it come to pass).

Just as the urge to achieve in the face of oblivion can be inpirational, it can also paralyse.

There is something to be said for the 'short term thrill' if it liberates you from the tyranny of quixotic endeavour.

The ultimate aim is not to make a mark, surely, so much as reshape the world in your image?

And do you really want to put your name to a planet with no fun on it?

Death Meditation

"Of all footprints
That of the elephant is supreme;
Of all mindfulness meditations
That on death is supreme" (Buddha, when approaching death)

"What is born will die
What has been gathered will be dispersed
What has been accumulated will be exhausted
What has been built up will collapse
And what has been brought high will be brought low."

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Sogyal Rinpoche

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