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View Poll Results: Are you afraid to die?
Yes 19 32.20%
No 35 59.32%
42 5 8.47%
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Old 04-21-2004, 12:58 PM
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I figure death to be like the time before I was born. Non-existance didn't bother me then. It won't bother me later.
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I'm not afraid of death, I'm afraid of the coroner.
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What's to be afraid of?

There are 3 possibilites...

1) I'm wrong, there is an afterlife, and I'm going to Hell - that's bad.
2) I'm wrong, there is an afterlife, and I'm going to Heaven - that's good.
3) I'm right, there's only blackness and non-existance, which is a lot like being asleep. Since I never get enough sleep - that's good.

So, 2 out of 3 are good things. Chances are, I'll enjoy being dead.

(can't take credit for that....I think it was either Socrates' or Plato's argument, but my Classics 101 is escaping me...)

Do you feel comfortable risking your (possibly) eternal soul on a 67% vs. 33% chance?
How am I risking my eternal soul? I don't even know what to do to stay out of hell even if I believe it existed. Everyone I talk to has a different opinion.

So, my strategy is to leave the fewest footprints possible while I'm hear, minimize the damage I inflict as much as possible as I travel. Harm none to the best of my ability.
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Old 04-21-2004, 02:51 PM
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Wasn't it Pascal (Pascal's Gamble??) who theorized that the (in this case) 33% was so bad that in out weighed the other options. and the smartest bet was to be moral just in case, figuring he wasn't giving up to much in this world compared to the risk of the next one.
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Wasn't it Pascal (Pascal's Gamble??) who theorized that the (in this case) 33% was so bad that in out weighed the other options. and the smartest bet was to be moral just in case, figuring he wasn't giving up to much in this world compared to the risk of the next one.
I guess that makes sense. I try to be "moral," by which I mean I try to treat others as I would have them treat me. But I'm not doing it because I'm hedging my bets that there is a hell (not consciously, anyway...)
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Old 04-22-2004, 11:28 AM
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Wasn't it Pascal (Pascal's Gamble??) who theorized that the (in this case) 33% was so bad that in out weighed the other options. and the smartest bet was to be moral just in case, figuring he wasn't giving up to much in this world compared to the risk of the next one.
Well kinda. However, a fellow with the last name Smith offers a [pseudo-logical] counterclaim to Pascal's wager, which is less math and more an appeal to the accountant and mental instability rooted in his past deeds.
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Everyone--well, almost everyone--wants to go to Heaven.

The problem is: No one wants to die to get there.
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Old 06-23-2004, 11:54 AM
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Everyone--well, almost everyone--wants to go to Heaven.

The problem is: No one wants to die to get there.
You would make a lousy terrorist recruiter. Good on ya!
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I want to live a nice long fulfilling life -- and then I want to die before any of my children, grandchildren, etc. and after my parents.

Living as a human being on Earth indefinitely would be a curse -- I think there will come a time when I'm ready to go -- but that time is not now!!
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Wasn't it Pascal (Pascal's Gamble??) who theorized that the (in this case) 33% was so bad that in out weighed the other options. and the smartest bet was to be moral just in case, figuring he wasn't giving up to much in this world compared to the risk of the next one.
I guess that makes sense. I try to be "moral," by which I mean I try to treat others as I would have them treat me. But I'm not doing it because I'm hedging my bets that there is a hell (not consciously, anyway...)
I've been moral because no chick will have me.

Supposedly, that's much of the historical basis for morality.
Not that 2pac isn't getting laid.
But people who aren't getting any, in general, getting jealous, and making up morality.
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