Hi everyone, Jeanne here. I’m going to be offline for a couple of weeks, so here are a few more nuggets to digest until I get back at the end of the month:
Old Jules, what is the healthiest philosophical perspective on our own individual importance in this world?
The healthiest perspective would probably be that we aren’t at all important in this world except to the people who know us personally and care about what happens to us, and to ourselves. We’ve got to earn our self-respect and if we don’t nobody else is going to respect us [which is unimportant except by implication].
Old Jules, what is the most important value you have for you to live your life by?
Courage and loyalty. I know what I respect in a human being and I intend to respect myself. Every value I have comes out of that faucet.
Old Jules, would you care whether or not humanity survives beyond your own lifetime?
Not in the least. For that matter I don’t care if we all die together before my lifetime ends.
Humans die. I don’t see an advantage to all those alive today dying over 100 years as opposed to all dying in a single day. They’ll have all lived and all died, same as every human before them. They all had their individual shots at living their lives.
Whether any human being walks the face of the planet at any given time being something of value seems to me to be a humanocentric concern, which I don’t share.