Sam Harris: it’s always now.

Last night in the Q&A I got asked how I deal with the prospect of my own mortality.  I responded in two ways, the first is that knowing that it’s all finite makes me rush to take it all in.  I won’t be able to smell the roses forever, so I’m sure to smell them at every opportunity.  I endeavor, always, no matter what professional expectations are made of me, to live my life precisely as I wish, always working on things that are important to me or enjoying the fruits of the present.

The other is in looking forward to death.  As Epicurus said, the worst part of death is fearing it and, once dead, you no longer must face the fear of death.  Sure I don’t want to die, but I extinguish thoughts of death with zeal for life.

And today I saw this video using a talk by Sam Harris…it’s positively gorgeous.

Thanks to Al Stefanelli for posting this.  Ok, ths is the last post for the day.  I must get home.  Take care, everybody.

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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