On Being Dead
One longs for freedom from the struggle to merely survive and from the vulnerabilities of the flesh, but also from the sheer blunt ending of life and consciousness. The self-conscious mind cannot fathom ceasing to be; it thirsts after the immortality and freedom from the limits of embodiment it can conceive. The psychological way to have such freedoms predates technological effort: invoke them by telling a story of an alternative reality in which they simply are true. The corruptible body is actually incorruptible spirit; the temporal personality is immortal soul in its pilgrim journey through incarnation. Immortality is then not a goal to be sought in the future but one’s true state all along.
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