morriswalters wrote:Sure, but as I suggested earlier, if you respawn, and you can't be killed then why not have play gunfights where you really die. Or cut off peoples heads and hide around the corner and watch them sputter as they respawn. Want to get to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Jump and respawn at the bottom. The point here is that pain is transient, and you never remember it the way it was, you only remember that it hurt.ucim wrote:Pain hurts just as much whether death is in your future or not.
PeteP asked me to explain to him how death defines your life. Death marks everything you do. You work first so you can eat and not starve to death, You have a place to live to shelter you against the elements that can kill you. You save in life so you can face your death with dignity. And pay doctors and quacks looking for cures that don't exist, and go broke trying to hold death off to the last possible moment. Even more amusing is that his question, given the point of this particular topic, is loaded with irony.Tyndmyr wrote:Nonsense. My joy does not retroactively cease to be joyful because I do not later die.Respond to what I wrote, not what you think I wrote. I'm aware all the emotions would still exist. But what is joy when life goes on forever?morriswalters wrote:it reduces the joy of achievement and the despair of failure.
I would still prefer not to experience the pain of jumping off the grand canyon, death aside. Shit, I don't even like the discomfort of broken A/C. I don't think I'll be embracing crunching my body up intentionally. Nor do I think that this is a reasonable outcome of defeating death, even if you do manage to come up with such an unlikely magical cure.
And you mostly save so that you/your children will live well later. Sure, we wish to avoid death. Absolutely. However, that's hardly the only motivation for human actions. Failure and acheivement will exist regardless of death. And joy is still joy when life goes on forever. It's the same thing. Why would it be different?
Yes, you might change as you grow older. That happens even now. Whatever. That doesn't detract from joy.