Originally posted by rwingett
If you are concerned about your legacy then you are concerned about life after death. Not the continuance of your own life, but how you will be remembered by those who live on after you. You are grooming a secular version of immortality by striving to live on in the memories of those who succeed you. So people who are concerned about their legacy are very concerned about the world to come.
If you are concerned about your legacy then you are concerned about life after death.
As I understand it a person's concern about their legacy is simply a concern for their reputation after they depart. That is "How will people who survive me or future people view my life and accomplishments ? "
It is neutral.
It is not the perculiar characteristic of people of faith or of no faith.
It is simply a concern for one's "resume" so to speak once they die.
And I can't imagine how it could not be in most cases a positive thing to be concerned with.
"How will history remember me?" is the question asked by people concerned for their legacy. And if they are not that famous, they may be concerned about how family and friends will remember them.
Any suggestion that only people hoping for life after death think about legacy is ridiculous.
Not the continuance of your own life, but how you will be remembered by those who live on after you.
That's what I am saying.
You are grooming a secular version of immortality by striving to live on in the memories of those who succeed you.
Concern for one's legacy is neutral. It is not more secular than religious. It is not more religious than secular.
So people who are concerned about their legacy are very concerned about the world to come.
I'm not sure I know what you mean.
It is common to ask people "How would you like to be remembered when you die?"
Your prejudicial prescription that only "other worldly" minded people are concerned for their legacy is ridiculous.
You brag "But I on the other hand, feel very comfortable with my mortality."
Fine. Good for you. Do you want people to publish lies about crimes you didn't commit after you die ?
Are you a little concerned for your children's memory of you (if you have any)?
If so then you're concerned for your legacy at least somewhat. If you really don't care, then I'd say you're kind of abnormal. Who doesn't care about what kind of reputation they have in life or even afterwards ?