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Old August 29 2013, 10:53 PM   #1
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Jelly Beans show you how much you waste your time!

The Time You have Left (in Jelly Beans)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOksW_NabEk


...just something to think about. Limited time of life means limited time to produce marvel.
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Old September 2 2013, 12:02 PM   #2
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Re: Jelly Beans show you how much you waste your time!

There is a somewhat more distressing (to me) example of human life span in Carl Sagan's COSMOS television series. He is standing in the New York public library next to a bookcase his own height. He then explains that if he read one book a week and lived an average lifetime, he could read from where he was standing -- and paced a few bookcases down -- "to about here."

That is probably my fate -- I will die with a book in my hands (and a cat sleeping on my lap).
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Old September 10 2013, 09:39 AM   #3
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Re: Jelly Beans show you how much you waste your time!

We all die and if there is any worth to at all we might be a footnote in someone's history who themselves will eventually be lost in time.
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Old September 10 2013, 09:57 AM   #4
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Re: Jelly Beans show you how much you waste your time!

From the moment you're born, you're already dying. If you are "lucky," it will be very slow, and as pain free as possible. Most of us are not, and will not be "lucky."
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Old September 10 2013, 08:37 PM   #5
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Re: Jelly Beans show you how much you waste your time!

The video was really interesting; this thread is depressing. Lighten up, guys.
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Old September 11 2013, 02:22 AM   #6
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That was neat. Although, some of those activities can be done simultaneously.
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Re: Jelly Beans show you how much you waste your time!

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From the moment you're born, you're already dying. If you are "lucky," it will be very slow, and as pain free as possible. Most of us are not, and will not be "lucky."
That's really disturbing, even though it's true. They say live life to the fullest and to make every day a good day, yet every day you're one step closer to death. However, in terms of your lucky comment, I think some of it can be "skill". It's how you treat yourself, are you active, what you eat, etc. you take good care of yourself and you can be one of the "Lucky" ones, as you put it.
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Old September 11 2013, 04:03 AM   #8
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From the moment you're born, you're already dying. If you are "lucky," it will be very slow, and as pain free as possible. Most of us are not, and will not be "lucky."
That's really disturbing, even though it's true. They say live life to the fullest and to make every day a good day, yet every day you're one step closer to death. However, in terms of your lucky comment, I think some of it can be "skill". It's how you treat yourself, are you active, what you eat, etc. you take good care of yourself and you can be one of the "Lucky" ones, as you put it.
It's more luck than skill. You can be quite skilled, and still be saddled with an endless stream of emotional, and physical, health problems. You could be born into a family where you are trapped by circumstances that are beyond your control. A situation where the decisions you make can end or significantly degrade the quality and quantity of someone else's life, and no matter what choice you make, you still lose in the end.

There is no pleasant, or optimistic, quote to keep it away; sometimes you are born in shit, and that is where you'll die, having seen the land, and people, and life of your dreams all above you, and never achieving it. Right there in front of you, in your field of vision, and always just outside your reach. Then you die and it doesn't matter as your dreams die with you, and the people who observe it all from the outside no longer have to care, because you're gone now, and they have their own lives to live before they, too, succumb.
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Old September 13 2013, 11:21 PM   #9
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He then explains that if he read one book a week and lived an average lifetime, he could read from where he was standing -- and paced a few bookcases down -- "to about here."
That and the deal with Hypatia really bummed me out. That I could not physically read every book...
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Old September 16 2013, 12:34 AM   #10
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Re: Jelly Beans show you how much you waste your time!

Whenever I get distressed by how few years I have left (I am now 55 years old) I only have to think about my school friend, Susan, who died when she was 11 years old. Already I have lived 5 times as long as she did, do why should I complain when I have been so much more fortunate than she?
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Old September 18 2013, 09:38 PM   #11
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Re: Jelly Beans show you how much you waste your time!

All the human beings that ever existed comprise only a very small fraction of the possible templates for human beings.
Indeed, the very fact we exist at all means we have beaten the odds. And not only exist, but exist as conscious beings, aware of our existence and of the universe.

The best way to capitalise on this is to work towards a happy life; what this means, many philosophers already explained - Bertrand Russell comes to mind.

Life expectancy increased gradually for ~200 years.
Who knows, perhaps we'll be among the first to enjoy a life expectancy lengthened by a few decades thanks to medicine - the chances of this happening may not be of the ~'it's practically certain' type, but they're not trivial, either.
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