In sensation and sex


Plutarch argues only three things are eternal

  • Atoms
  • Empty space- it remains untouched and unaffected by any impact
  • The universe- no available place surrounding it into which its matter can disperse and disintegrate

He the continues to argue against the idea of an eternal spirit since it, among others, may fall prey to the mind’s own specific afflictions, madness, amnesia and plunge into the black of waters of oblivion.

Following this argument, then, he concludes that death is nothing to us and no concern of ours since our tenure of the mind is mortal.

And in a formulation of the argument that we were dead for eternity and it didn’t bother us, he writes

If the light of life were given to us anew, even that contingency would still be no concern of ours once the chain of our identity has been snapped. We who are now are not concerned with ourselves in any previous existence: the sufferings of those selves do not touch us.

So my friends, fear not death, it is nothing to us the living. It awaits us at the end of life. Harbour no fear for torments after death. All your torments are this side of the grave. Don’t multiply them needlessly.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

8 thoughts on “In sensation and sex

  1. The persnickety part of me can’t resist pointing out that Plutach didn’t know about general relativity, in which space is affected by the presence or absence of matter: spacetime tells matter how to move; matter tells spacetime how to curve. (Sorry!)

    That said, as someone who leans Epicurean, I’m onboard with his points about death.

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  2. I think we fear life more than we fear death

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  3. renudepride says:

    It is important for all of us to live each day as if it were our last. That eliminates any fear of death or life! Good argument! Naked hugs! 😉

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  4. Sounds like an acceptable objective for all in the current state of affairs.

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