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  1. Standard memberSeitse
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    18 Nov '15 10:17
    Ask yourself, honestly: what exactly am I doing here?

    I mean, what precisely are you, individually, bringing
    to the table other than oxygen consumption? Would the
    earth stop going round and round should you just,
    suddenly, disappear?

    Sure, sure, some people would be sad, but let's be
    honest, you brought that on yourself by being related
    to them by blood. Otherwise, nobody gives a damn.

    Do you think all your Facebook friends will come to your
    funeral with their hearts shattered in thousand pieces?

    Is your landlord committing suicide when told that you
    are no longer among the living?

    Not really. Let's be brutally honest.

    * Of course, I assume it is independently from the highly
    valuable and life touching and changing of copy pasting
    profound and sympathetic stuff here on RHP forums.
  2. SubscriberPonderable
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    18 Nov '15 13:00
    Originally posted by Seitse
    Ask yourself, honestly: what exactly am I doing here?

    I mean, what precisely are you, individually, bringing
    to the table other than oxygen consumption? Would the
    earth stop going round and round should you just,
    suddenly, disappear?

    Sure, sure, some people would be sad, but let's be
    honest, you brought that on yourself by being related
    to them by ...[text shortened]... fe touching and changing of copy pasting
    profound and sympathetic stuff here on RHP forums.[/i]
    Who would do what with the saved Oxygen?
  3. SubscriberGhost of a Duke
    A Spirited Misfit
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    18 Nov '15 13:05
    Originally posted by Seitse
    Ask yourself, honestly: what exactly am I doing here?

    I mean, what precisely are you, individually, bringing
    to the table other than oxygen consumption? Would the
    earth stop going round and round should you just,
    suddenly, disappear?

    Sure, sure, some people would be sad, but let's be
    honest, you brought that on yourself by being related
    to them by ...[text shortened]... fe touching and changing of copy pasting
    profound and sympathetic stuff here on RHP forums.[/i]
    The odds of you being in existence are astronomically small. Life is a rare and precious thing.
  4. Subscribersonhouse
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    18 Nov '15 13:13
    Originally posted by Ghost of a Duke
    The odds of you being in existence are astronomically small. Life is a rare and precious thing.
    Or not.
  5. Subscribermoonbus
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    18 Nov '15 13:40
    Originally posted by Ghost of a Duke
    The odds of you being in existence are astronomically small. Life is a rare and precious thing.
    Life is a rare thing; precious is what one makes of it.
  6. SubscriberGhost of a Duke
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    18 Nov '15 15:01
    Originally posted by moonbus
    Life is a rare thing; precious is what one makes of it.
    Yes, i like that better.
  7. Subscribersonhouse
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    18 Nov '15 15:57
    Originally posted by moonbus
    Life is a rare thing; precious is what one makes of it.
    Life is not rare on Earth for sure. It also looks more and more like any planet with a half assed decent ecology (goldilocks zone and such, some kind of atmosphere,etc.) life will start up so there are probably a billion planets in our galaxy alone with some kind of life on it. Obviously some planets would be luckier than others, like Earth got very lucky in the life department. You have to look hard to find a place on Earth that DOESN'T have life.

    I will be totally surprised if, when humans get to Mars, geologists and life scientists DON'T find some kind of life there. There was significant amounts of surface water there early on and on Earth it looks like life developed really early on also so my bet is for life to be or to have been on Mars.

    Then there are the moons of the giant planets, Saturn, Jupiter and so forth, where there seems to be deep buried liquid water oceans, some moons with actual jets of water shooting up from beneath. Good bet for life there too.

    My bet is the Solar system will prove to be awash with life, bacteria maybe but life nonetheless.
  8. SubscriberGhost of a Duke
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    18 Nov '15 19:04
    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Life is not rare on Earth for sure. It also looks more and more like any planet with a half assed decent ecology (goldilocks zone and such, some kind of atmosphere,etc.) life will start up so there are probably a billion planets in our galaxy alone with some kind of life on it. Obviously some planets would be luckier than others, like Earth got very lucky i ...[text shortened]... y bet is the Solar system will prove to be awash with life, bacteria maybe but life nonetheless.
    What i really meant old chap is that our own existence (as an individual) was extremely unlikely, when you consider the trillions of variables relating to our individual ancestry.

    Just one example of this is my grand mother who was an ambulance driver during the Blitz. I remember her telling the story of how her ambulance crew were once parked up for lunch, when they got a call to attend an emergency. As the ambulance moved away, a bomb fell where the ambulance had been. (Had she died of course i wouldn't be here to tell the tale).

    Yes, life itself is prolific on this planet (and surely other planets too) but for us to personally exist in this world has defied all the odds, therefore making our own existence miraculous and therefore precious.
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