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Comment author: Tamfang 13 August 2010 07:03:56AM *  6 points [-]

"Every human culture had expended vast amounts of intellectual effort on the problem of coming to terms with death. Most religions had constructed elaborate lies about it, making it out to be something other than it was – though a few were dishonest about life, instead. But even most secular philosophies were warped by the need to pretend that <i>death was for the best</i>. ¶ It was the naturalistic fallacy at its most extreme — and its most transparent, but that didn't stop anyone. Since any child could tell you that death was meaningless, contingent, unjust, and abhorrent beyond words, it was a hallmark of sophistication to believe otherwise." —Margit in '<a href="http://www.gregegan.net/BORDER/Border.html">Border Guards</a>' by Greg Egan