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Old January 26 2015, 09:25 AM   #1
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What is Good about Life and living???

OK< the reason this did not post in tnz is that... this, is sorta a non-controversial question not like what political party do you like.

so there I was posting this question out at FB and what overwhelming response when happier I would be with that lone f-off,..

but next to sex-drugs-rock&roll, nothing could stand up in the list there maybe whisky or just sex alone.. babies was an interesting misjudgment of course it could of been the whisky that caused that.

For me I have a solid base in the fact that ... Life is suffering... and that first is bad then good then bad but neither both either or.... so way out in left field this question can go because everything that is Good about life ,,,, is also bad about life. IDK but all the propaganda that positive people like to fake till they think it is true I just mean I will not lie any more except when writing fiction then it is fiction right?

on and on or in or out then on but what is Good about anything? What is Good,,, and how is nothing or less then nothing anymore real then anything else is real. ok---time for some input or so I Think?
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Old January 26 2015, 09:42 AM   #2
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Re: What is Good about Life and living???

Life means being alive. The alternative is generally undesired. Aside from that, it's what you make of it.
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Old January 26 2015, 10:32 AM   #3
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I'm having a cup of tea right now, it's pretty damn good.
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Old January 26 2015, 10:36 AM   #4
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Old January 26 2015, 11:17 AM   #5
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what's good about life is not being dead.
Ok, that sounds very commonplace and a bit tongue-in-cheek but I'm actually quite serious about it. I'm an atheist and imo there's no life after death. So I attempt to make the best of these 75+ years I might have. I know firsthand about war, torture, bullying, illness, poverty, loss of loved ones. But still I am convinced that the shittiest life is a good deal better than being dead.
There are so many wonderful things about life that I simply don't want to miss; big and small ones: velvety summernight skies, blackbirds singing at dusk, the first butterfly in spring (watch out for it: if it's a dark one it'll be a bad year, if it's a bright coloured one it'll be a good year. Yellow counts as gold and is best =) ), someone laughing, a good book, the scent of apple blossoms, a flock of wild geese drawing a huge V in the sky, the tiny water-bat that hunts for moths over my terrace every evening in summer, the hissing sound of falling snow, the glorious colours of a forrest in autumn, the butterflies in your stomach when the person you love smiles at you. Or just the triumph you feel when you finally solved the particularly difficult crossword that has been vexing you for days.
Giving all this up is just unthinkable to me. I'm totally in love with life.
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Old January 26 2015, 11:25 AM   #6
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Life means being alive. The alternative is generally undesired. Aside from that, it's what you make of it.
Yeah. My life took a major downturn in 1990 after being injured in an accident and then getting caught in a company layoff 6 months later. Two weeks after tnat I turned 40. Ten years after that I had a stroke and I've been on permanent disability since. The last 25 years have not been much fun at all, but it's still better than the alternative.
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Old January 26 2015, 11:25 AM   #7
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Life means being alive. The alternative is generally undesired. Aside from that, it's what you make of it.
Yeah. My life took a major downturn in 1990 after being injured in an accident and then getting caught in a company layoff 6 months later. Ten years after that I had a stroke and I've been on permanent disability since. But it's still better than the alternative.
Indeed. Even on my worst day, the alternative is most certainly worth avoiding.
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Old January 26 2015, 11:32 AM   #8
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The things that are good about life and living are endless. Sunrises and sunsets, the smell of honeysuckle and old-growth forest, the taste of tea and cinnamon, the sound of birds singing and the surf on the beach. Friends and family. Beauty and sexuality. The arts and sciences. Creation and discovery. All the myriad elements of being human. Writing a story or a poem, or drawing a cartoon, makes life worth living. Listening to old music from childhood or discovering something brand new that somebody has just created. Watching the discoveries come in from Kepler and the Mars rovers. Knowing that probes are about to reach Pluto and Ceres. Exploring the nooks and crannies of the Internet and finding hundreds of obscure movies and pulp stories that I never knew existed. Meeting wonderful, creative people on the Internet who are using the advantages of the 21st century to bring their new stories and art and music and movies to the world. Sitting around with my siblings and mother and laughing the hours away.

Life is infinitely wonderful. Without it, the universe would just be a web of particles and forces. Our ability to perceive is what turns mere existence into wonderment.
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Old January 26 2015, 11:36 AM   #9
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Re: What is Good about Life and living???

Also sex. You mentioned it, but I'd really like to highlight the sex part.
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Old January 26 2015, 11:38 AM   #10
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One of the most important things is to never lose one's sense of humor about oneself, even in the seemingly worst situations.

Like the fact that I haven't had sex in almost 20 years.
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Old January 26 2015, 12:56 PM   #11
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...Even on my worst day, the alternative is most certainly worth avoiding.
This.
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Old January 26 2015, 04:46 PM   #12
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...Even on my worst day, the alternative is most certainly worth avoiding.
This.
Absolutely. This.
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Old January 26 2015, 07:34 PM   #13
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Let me see.....existing or not existing? To be or not to be?

Think I'll stick with the first option. At least that has possibility of having changing circumstances; life is always changing. You can't change dead.
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Old January 26 2015, 09:14 PM   #14
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C'mon people! You call yourselves a sci-fi board?! Fine, I'll do it:

"Conan! What is best in life?"
"To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women."
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Old January 26 2015, 10:21 PM   #15
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Life means being alive. The alternative is generally undesired. Aside from that, it's what you make of it.
Yeah. My life took a major downturn in 1990 after being injured in an accident and then getting caught in a company layoff 6 months later. Two weeks after tnat I turned 40. Ten years after that I had a stroke and I've been on permanent disability since. The last 25 years have not been much fun at all, but it's still better than the alternative.
Agreed to both.

Knowing what the whole point to life IS might make it less interesting; to boot.

If you must - make a mission for yourself. Like "Leave the place a better place than you found it." Or "Give better than you get."
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