The above is a humorous look at the mantra, “do your own research,” held by many anti-vaxxers, Q-Anoners, and conspiracy theorists of various stripes. Here is a more serious look at the issue:
(The piece responds to the fanatics—the American Taliban—want to impose their religious beliefs on all of us . And by the way, there is no fetal heartbeat at 6 weeks because there is no heart at 6 weeks. A 6-week old embryo is about the size of a grain of sand.)
In 1930 the historian and philosopher Will Durant—who was at that time a famous public intellectual—received a number of letters from persons declaring their intent to commit suicide. The letters asked him for reasons to go on living. In response Durant asked a number of luminaries for their views on the meaning of life, publishing … Continue reading Owen C. Middleton (convict 79206) and the Meaning of Life
Leo Tolstoy’s short novel, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, provides a great introduction to understanding the connection between death and the meaning of life. It tells the story of a forty-five-year-old lawyer who is self-interested, opportunistic, and busy with mundane affairs. He has never considered his own death until disease strikes.
A problem for many, especially the young, is that when they seek long-term partners they are moved by sexual passion and physical desire.