Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Everybody Dies

The Gathering Field - Bound to Be

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."

This may seem obvious and "duh," but it is worth remembering: No one will live forever. Almost no one dies a "good death" or wants to die (and as I've discovered, those who do want to die are having a terrible life). 

The question is always: "What is the alternative?" 

Saying "climate change will kill X people" is basically meaningless. Would an alternative policy lead to 5X individuals living in abject poverty and dying young of preventable causes?  I know some climate fanatics prefer more poverty and premature death (for others) (to say nothing about cruelty to non-human animals). That sure seems immoral.

Combine this with the fact that we don't harm anyone by not bringing them into existence, ethics simplifies down to reducing suffering for those who exist and are sure to exist, as well as preventing the existence of those whose lives would be suffering. (One Step for Animals; Organization to Prevent Intense Suffering)

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