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Alan Lightman on immortality

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 | wilfred

"Such is the cost of immortality."

With infinite life comes an infinite list of relatives. Grandparents never die, nor do great-grandparents, great-aunts, and so on, back through the generations, all alive and offering advice. Sons never escape from the shadows of their fathers. Nor do daughters of their mothers. No one ever comes into his own. Such is the cost of immortality. No person is whole. No person is free.

-- Alan Lightman, "Einstein's Dreams" (1993)

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