[CS-FSLUG] I had a dream that posed an interesting question

Jim Isbell, W5JAI jim.isbell at gmail.com
Sun Dec 6 16:20:19 CST 2009

Yes, of course, but what would be your purpose in living?  What would
you do with what ever was left of your life???

On Sun, Dec 6, 2009 at 4:18 PM, Fred A. Miller <fmiller at lightlink.com> wrote:
> On 12/06/2009 04:38 PM, Jim Isbell, W5JAI wrote:
> This may not be the forum to open this discussion, but it is the only
> one where I think I can open it without criticism.  If it doesnt
> belong here, just ignore me.  But it is philosophical in nature and I
> think worth discussion, at least somewhere.
> I had a dream the other night that posed an interesting question.
> In my dream I was presented with a computer game that made the
> supposition that you had the ability to wipe out every human from the
> face of the earth on a selective basis.  In other words you were given
> god like powers over human life.  The goal (dont ask me why, this was,
> after all,  just a dream) was to eliminate humans from the earth
> completely.  The computer display showed hundreds of side by side
> blocks that represented square miles, square feet, or what ever you
> chose, of the surface of the earth.  Clicking on any square would
> eliminate all human life in that sector.  The problem that you had was
> sometimes clicking on a block would increase the population of the
> earth because you had eliminated a future threat to another area.
> Other times clocking on a square would reduce the population of the
> earth just as you expected.  When ever wiping out a block caused an
> increase in population you had to reduce the size of the blocks till
> you could eliminate all life that didnt enhance another sector and
> save the one life to be cleared out later.
> Now the game made a few assumptions.  First, I cannot reproduce.
> Either I am a male or if a female, the technology to clone is not
> available.  Therefore I cannot consider repopulating the earth.  The
> second assumption is that suicide is not an unpardonable sin.  And the
> third is that all non human life, animal and plant remains.
> Now the question is:
> Is there any point in continuing to live or should I just click that
> last block and eliminate human life from earth?
> Is there a purpose for human life if there is only ONE person?  Is
> there something to give life meaning if you are the only one left?
> Maybe there is still something for you to do?
> Anyway, I woke up with that question staring me in the face and
> thought it was interesting enough to share.
> The answer would be simple for me, but then, I work at NOT trying
> to second-guess God. First, NO....you don't wipe out human life,
> and if I were the only one left, I'd live on as long as God would
> have me do so. My death would be up to Him, NOT me.
> Fred
> --
> "A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined,
> but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to
> maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt
> to abuse them, which would include their own government."
> --George Washington
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Jim Isbell
"If you are not living on the edge, well then,
you are just taking up too much space."

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