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Paul Grobstein's picture

needing to be remembered as meaningful?

I am, of course, inclined to onion-peel this one too.  All participants in evolving systems, humans and otherwise, have a "meaningful life" because their lives provide the platform from which additional lives come into being.  In a very real sense, every life, human or otherwise, persists in what it has given rise to.  It is not only "love's force" that is a peculiarly human occupation but also "the desire to be seen and remembered as having lived ...".  Trees and rocks both live quite significant lives without worrying about being seen doing so.  Perhaps humans, as per The Taoist Story Teller and Culture, could learn something useful from trees and rocks?  Or, more accurately perhaps, recall something useful from our ancestors? 

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