Life and / or Death (the meaning of) A philosophical dilemma or a disruptive Philonausicaa deliberate choice?
In this post-truth’s era, especially climate change truth, in this ante-Trump period, such dilemmas’ dilemma is crucial. Minerals, plants and animals are immortal. They are not aware of their existence; there is no yesterday, today or tomorrow for them all. They live in an eternal ‘now’. Now they exist, then they do not but life, in general, goes on. Human consciousness, rather its negative side, human ego creates the problem; modern production - consumption system makes it worse. Modern person builds homes like being immortal and behaves to his body like she is going to die tomorrow. As a consequence he has all kinds of problems with his body, mind and ‘soul’ (whatever that would be) during that natural duration of her existence; some call this duration ‘short’; short in comparison with what? Dogs, for instance, live a ‘shorter’ life because their hearts beat about two times faster than human. BWT being aware of this fact the ‘philosophical’ questions ‘why do dogs appear to be in a hurry’ and ‘where do they go’ has a rather easy answer ‘because this is their normal circadian rhythm’. Anyway, modern anxiety concerning human life, or, rather, death has its roots in the degree humans accomplish their life purpose - in case they had any, in the first place. Meaningless life paradoxically guides to a increasing longing to live as much as possible - and not, vice versa. In a more mature era, e.g. the future, departure from life would be like a journey, decided long ago in a cool decision making environment.
Speaking of the devil: Departure from life
From the philonausicaa point of view future is a place where most problems of today are solved towards directions nature leads. From the same point of view, realising natural ways to solve life problems wipes away any potential death anguish.
In the future there is no more debate on euthanasia (painless death) for people who suffer from incurable diseases. Everyone can arrange to depart from life for various reasons; the main remaining is freedom of choice. Once someone has accomplished the main goals in her life, one feels free to go; it is as simple as that. On the contrary, for the very same reasons of “non-fulfilment” our ancestors have tried every possible means for remaining in life, for even some more days or... hours with the help of technological / mechanical (!) support.
In the future authorities pay for travel expenses for friends or relatives coming even from the opposite part of the world or other planets; first, because there is no actual cost: for beaming up procedure only patent rights costs are charged; second, for honouring the ones who depart. In a ceremony similar to the one of planting a tree for a newborn child, the person or persons (usually they are couples or small groups who lived together for long) invite friends, relatives and social acquaintance (in that order) and have fun. People in our future do never lose a chance to drink, eat and get merry (not married*), especially after a world report on postponed orgasms internationally proven to burden the planet’s atmosphere with enormous quantities of positive ions / negative energy. Life prolongation beyond 130 years of age has been considered arrogance towards the planet and research on the issue has been interrupted.
But first, a story. Life is totally meaningless. We live. We die. So what's the point? By Tim Dempsey
Every day, I walk to school. And every day, I see a particular brown and white duck. Sometimes he’s eating grass. Other times he’s sleeping. He didn’t do anything else- he led a very simple existence. Anyway, I always looked forward to seeing this duck whenever I walked to school. I don’t know why I felt that way. Maybe I saw him as a sign of consistency- who knows? But one day when I walked to school, I couldn’t find him. The next day yielded the same results. This continued for a about a week, and by then I had concluded that my duck had died.
This question made me think back to that - what was the point of that duck’s life? He didn’t do much- he never fell in love, he never traveled anywhere, never did anything out of the ordinary. He was pretty boring. But now he is gone- no remnants of his existence. I reckon his life was pretty meaningless, after all, how significant can the life of that duck’s be?
But maybe if he traveled to another park his life would be interesting. Maybe if he tried something new, his life would have some meaning. Maybe if he did one thing besides eating and sleeping, his life would bear some significance. So try new things and live life, and maybe, just maybe your life might have some meaning. Or maybe I’m just overthinking this and all life is meaningless. Who knows?
Important thing is to not live MUCH but WELL instead. What’s the use of many years for someone who suffers from ‘CHRONIC pain’? If one lives well (physically, mentally, sentimentally) one is ready to depart ANY TIME; an event mostly HARMLESS for that one & the others; known & unknown; but, mainly, the loved ones. “She Lived WELL” they would say, “He was Not A Burden”. And she would be remembered FOR ‘LONG’, by those who have met her (The Circle Closes There). Ths is IMMORTALITY - for the few ones who are interested in.
 Human relations no more need social restriction technicalities to keep them live and joyful; once the element of profit or security ceased to interfere with personal feelings all rituals unifying people of co-operative genders took their original place: an unforgettable moment of promise between two people (or sometimes more) to live and respect one another.
Climate communication & Ecological Civilization expert, Athens, Greece