The Three Deaths
No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away – Terry Pratchett
There are three deaths.
The first is when the body ceases to function.
The second is when the body is consigned to the grave.
The third is that moment sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.
Eagleman, David. Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives. Pantheon. 2009
[Jo] Although we may be able to stop the process before step one sometime in the future… it will likely not be in time for me. Which means I’m going to have to go through all the steps in the programme. My descendants however… could potentially live forever, barring accidents and suicide… and well… the lack of viable planet to inhabit. That might curtail the whole enterprise somewhat. In any event we are going to have to rethink a lot of our current philosophy when that happens.
Sometimes I think about how quaint, backwards and woefully ignorant we will look to the ‘humanity’ of the future? Just like we have done to previous generations we likely we will be all corralled together and given a collective designation based on our group achievement(s). To remembered by the paragons in our society that we have elevated to represent us as true exemplars of our time.
This is us. This is who we were…
… we probably could have made better choices.