In the long run we are all dead, but saying that is less accurate than saying at the end of the day is night. Of course we are all dead in the long run, whether measured over our life time, the life times of our friends and family or the lifetimes of everyone in the world. Taken further it seems that when the sun dies, as die it will, we shall all be dead, whoever we are and whatever being dead means. And that is the issue; we know death as a definition (and sometimes a woolly definition), but we do not know what death is and what death means. That is why saying in the long run we are all dead is not helpful to understanding what our lives are and death and without that we cannot understand what death means to our lives. Instead of “in the long run we are all dead” we should know “in the long run, we are all ignorant”.
Posted on May 5, 2013 by Robert Kyriakides