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How would you live differently?

Is adding immortality like removing the afterlife?

I am perplexed.

While I am easily confused, it rarely rises to the level of perplexity.

In Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed, he describes perplexity as a state where you need a fundamentally new insight to get past your confusion.

So I am perplexed.

For many years people have told me that without promises of heaven and threats of hell, they would not engage in kind behaviors and instead do hateful things. I hope that they are wrong about that. That merely confuses me.

Today, I am being told that without fear of death, we would not engage in behaviors that were either worthwhile or joyful.

It’s not just that I don’t agree with and that I don’t understand their explanation, I think that I am fully unable to understand them. At least not without some fundamentally new insight.

Since I don’t want to criticize what I can’t understand, can someone kindly lend me a fundamentally new insight?

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals

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