A 97-Year-Old Philosopher Ponders Life and Death: 'What Is the Point?'

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A 97-Year-Old Philosopher Ponders Life and Death: 'What Is the Point?'

Post by Könchok Thrinley » Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:28 pm

https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index ... Kk3S9PbIjQ
In his 1996 book about death, Herbert Fingarette argued that fearing one’s own demise was irrational. When you die, he wrote, “there is nothing.” Why should we fear the absence of being when we won’t be there ourselves to suffer it?


Twenty years later, facing his own mortality, the philosopher realized that he’d been wrong. Death began to frighten him, and he couldn’t think himself out of it. Fingarette, who for 40 years taught philosophy at the University of California at Santa Barbara, had also written extensively on self-deception. Now, at 97, he wondered whether he’d been deceiving himself about the meaning of life and death.
Quite a powerful short piece on death. It makes the importance of pondering impermanence so clear. I just hope he did find his answer.
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Re: A 97-Year-Old Philosopher Ponders Life and Death: 'What Is the Point?'

Post by jake » Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:06 pm

Thank you for sharing that. I wouldn't have found it otherwise.

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Re: A 97-Year-Old Philosopher Ponders Life and Death: 'What Is the Point?'

Post by PadmaVonSamba » Sat Jan 18, 2020 4:54 am

Life is a good thing
But death is the next best thing to it.
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Re: A 97-Year-Old Philosopher Ponders Life and Death: 'What Is the Point?'

Post by tkp67 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:53 am

The wage for life is death. A gosho in the Nichiren tradition reads "the sufferings of life and death are nirvana".

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