February 19th, 2011


Give Me Immortality or Give Me Death

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

                                                                    --Dylan Thomas

William Shatner contemplates on life and death:

Death Avoidance

Immortality is difficult to come by. Egyptian pharaohs tried using pyramids. Roman emperors and later, the great monarchs of the Enlightenment, developed a weakness for marble statuary and oil paintings to immortalize themselves. Anything to avoid the black, humbling oblivion of death.
     I suppose we all have our ways of trying to attain a kind of immortality, methods for dealing with the harsh, inescapable truth that life comes to an end. Entire religions have been erected on a foundation of death and the questions about what lies on the other side of it. For many of us we feel we can gain some modicum of immortality through our children (assuming the stress and worry of raising them don’t do you in first). But I've always found that approach a little suspect. I mean, what good is immortality, if you aren’t around to enjoy it?

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