This post brought to mind these lines of A.E. Housman: “Good creatures, do you love your lives
And have you ears for sense?
Here is a knife like other knives,
That cost me eighteen pence.
I need but stick it in my heart
And down will come the sky,
And earth’s foundations will depart
And all you folk will die.” Its an interesting and thought provoking read (this post of course and Housman’s brief poem). Kevin
It came to me in a flash that when I die, the whole world will come to an end; not just for me, but for everyone in it, as far as I’m concerned. Now, I’m not a great one for philosophical thinking: existentialism, for me, might as well not… er, well… exist, but I do find it slightly comforting to know that the whole universe can only exist for as long as I am in it. When I cease to be, everything ceases to be. Unfortunately, from the same view point, it will never have been in the first place – so, not much point in keeping backups of everything on the computer is there?
If this all seems uncomfortably close to the I can’t see you, therefore you can’t see me view of a child playing Hide and Seek, well, that is entirely consistent with everything that…
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An interesting concept, Kevin. I’m struggling a bit to get my head around it!
Yes, it is an interesting concept. Of course we know that people existed before us both from our own experiences of those who we knew and have now died, but also from historical records Etc. However, at another level I can understand the idea that once you or I cease to be, in effect the world ceases to exist. But, of course it goes on, although we have no knowledge of its continuation. Or, just possibly we do know, but can not communicate this knowledge to those left behind. Kevin
Interesting. Have to surround it, much more often. 😉 Thanks for sharing, Kevin! Enjoy the rest of the day! xx Michael
I’m pleased you found it interesting, Michael. Kevin