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Old 09-30-2008, 01:32 PM   #57 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Fyrenza View Post
if there wasn't going to be anything after this life
that would rob the meaning of it for me
Why? Isn't the beauty (and ugliness) all around you meaningful enough?

There's a Townes Van Zandt song about living life to the fullest:

I won't say I love you, babe
I won't say I need you, babe
But I'm gonna' get you, babe
And I will not do you wrong
Living's mostly wasting time
And I waste my share of mine
But it never feels too good
So let's don't take too long
Well, you're soft as glass and I'm a gentle man
We got the sky to talk about
And the world to lie upon

Days up and down they come
Like rain on a conga drum
Forget most, remember some
But don't turn none away
Everything is not enough,
And nothing is too much to bear
Where you've been is good and gone
All you keep is the getting there
Well, to live's to fly, both low and high
So shake the dust off of your wings
And the sleep out of your eyes

It's goodbye to all my friends
It's time to leave again
Here's to all the poetry
And the pickin' down the line
I'll miss the system here
The bottom's low and the treble's clear
But it don't pay to think too much
On things you leave behind
Well, I may be gone, but it won't be long
I'll be bringing back the melody
And the rhythm that I find

We all got holes to fill.
Those holes are all that's real
Some fall on you like a storm
Sometimes you dig your own
The choice is yours to make
The time is yours to take
Some dive into the sea
Some toil upon the stone
Well, to live's to fly, both low and high
So shake the dust off of your wings
And the sleep out of your eye
Shake the dust off of your wings
And the tears out of your eye

...and I don't think the hope of an afterlife is necessary to "shake the dust off of your wings/And the sleep out of your eyes."

I'm siding with the Unfan here; if everything decays, that makes living right now even more important and makes every day that much more valuable, every moment more powerful, every action more meaningful.
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