This is a very well-written and convincing piece. I’ve come across this logic before, but I’ve never quite heard it elucidated the way you’ve done here. That being said, I can’t shake the nagging feeling that you’re trying to do what many others do when they come to the conclusion that the end of consciousness goes hand-in-hand with the death of the body; you seem to be trying to rationalize an approach to life that rejects the nihilistic nature of existence while simultaneously acknowledging that life — and, by extension, the experience of it — is, in a cosmic sense, a meaningless and pointless endeavor. That’s always confused me. If it’s true that there is nothing beyond death, then it seems to me that nihilism is an indisputable truth, and that any attempt to avoid living a nihilistic life indicates an unwillingness to accept that truth. But that’s just my perspective on the subject, and I could quite easily be wrong. In any case, thank you for publishing this. I’m still trying to determine what my own beliefs are regarding the nature of existence and the possibility of life after death, and your insights into this subject are much appreciated!

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