Re: is suicide a final act of bravery or cowardice?
Albert Camus, famous for his suicidal thoughts, said, "There is only one true philosophical question, whether life is worth living." Ah, but you did not ask whether suicide itself is acceptable but rather, in doing it, am I brave? or cowardly? If I do it because I'm old and feeble and a drain on my loved one's resources, couldn't that be seen as brave? If I do it slowly through bad habits I know are sapping my life, is that brave for sticking around to face my karma? If I choose to stand in a city street and immolate myself in order to bring attention to some social ill, is that a "better" suicide than if I hang myself because a boy doesn't like me? Suicide is a powerful statement. All of us consider it but only about one in 10,000 actually does it. It is not an easy thing to decide to do, because no matter how many bad things you are leaving behind, you're also leaving this amazing world without having a clue what's next. Maybe suicides should be less brave about marching through the big black door.
So, is suicide brave or craven? As each person must answer for himself the essential questionof whether life is worth living, those who say no shouldn't be judged for their choice. Personally, I think the answer is to plant more flowers and watch how much they sweat being alive.
Could this be the long-awaited solution to economic inequality?
Under capitalism, the argument goes, it's every man for himself. Through the relentless pursuit of self-interest, everyone benefits, as if an invisible hand were guiding each of us toward the common good. Everyone should accordingly try to get as much as they can, not only for their goods but also for their labour. Whatever the market price is is, in turn, what the buyer should pay. Just like the idea that there should be a minimum wage, the idea that there should be a maximum wage seems to undermine the very freedom that the free market is supposed to guarantee.
Humans evolved to live in the cold through a number of environmental and genetic factors.
- According to some relatively new research, many of our early human cousins preceded Homo sapien migrations north by hundreds of thousands or even millions of years.
- Cross-breeding with other ancient hominids gave some subsets of human population the genes to contend and thrive in colder and harsher climates.
- Behavioral and dietary changes also helped humans adapt to cold climates.
It's unlikely that there's anything on the planet that is worth the cost of shipping it back
- In the second season of National Geographic Channel's MARS (premiering tonight, 11/12/18,) privatized miners on the red planet clash with a colony of international scientists
- Privatized mining on both Mars and the Moon is likely to occur in the next century
- The cost of returning mined materials from Space to the Earth will probably be too high to create a self-sustaining industry, but the resources may have other uses at their origin points
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