Although the life expectancy in most countries today is now longer than it ever was before, there is no place on Earth where people do not die.

In the U.S.A., some wealthy people try to beat death by having themselves deep-frozen immediately they die, in the hope that, sometime in the future, when/if a cure for the disease that killed them is found, they might be revived and live again.

Attachment to life is so strong that it brings people to such measures. But it is nothing new; in fact, it has gone on throughout recorded history, and the best example of it is in the pyramids of Egypt, built as tombs by Pharoahs in the hope of immortality. Although we are still unsure of the methods of their construction, it is generally supposed they were built using slave-labor, involving tremendous suffering and loss of life. The suffering has gone now, while the pyramids remain. We can see the desiccated mummies of the Pharoahs; is that their immortality?

To them, the end—even if was a dubious end, lacking substantiation, as with most systems of belief—was all-important; they disregarded the means. What did it matter if thousands suffered and died in the construction, as long as the end was achieved? From this, it is clear that, though they have left us wonderful monuments, the ancient Egyptians did not have much of a system of ethics, and no concept at all of human rights. Yet life to a slave was as dear as it was to a Pharoah.

Life is a precious


that diminishes


Take care to

spend it wisely.

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