(Im)mortal life

When people fear death, they fear an eternity of non-being. And yet, when you think of it, the alternative — immortality — may be just as scary. To live to 100 would be to have a long, rich life, and perhaps living to 200, 300, even a thousand would allow us to explore all the avenues of experience we’ve ever dreamt of exploring. But forever? At some point, I imagine everlasting life might feel as confining as everlasting non-being.

Perhaps what we are truly afraid of is the infinite. There is a freedom that comes from the finitude of life, and a beauty to its brevity and its mystery.

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About marcpevans

I'm a composer, and a graduate student at UC Santa Barbara. This blog contains my philosophical musings on music and on other things. If you want to actually listen to my music, you can find it at www.marcevansmusic.com. Welcome! :)
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One Response to (Im)mortal life

  1. ddrkirbyisq says:

    “Or perhaps, for people… being aware of death, maybe that’s the
    first time they are also able to become aware of ‘life.'”
    –Narcissu -Side 2nd-

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