I know that it may be hard on the TrekBBS (), but I'm hoping to have this discussion without the specifics of character motivations/events of Picard season 1 brought in, since they're discussed elsewhere on these boards. I'm just curious as to what people think about the idea that mortality gives life meaning. I started thinking about it as soon as I finished Picard, and I thought it was a pretty interesting take on immortality. Most fiction I've seen/read that has immortality seems, to me, to be making it seem bad only because in real life we can't get it. "No no, you don't want immortality – it's actually a good thing humans can't have it!" Just a way to make people feel better that they can't live forever by highlighting all this (supposedly) bad stuff that happens to immortals. But Picard didn't go down that simplistic route. Rather than saying that immortality is inherently bad (as a way to make viewers feel better about the fact that are mortal), it went and said that mortality is what gives meaning to life. But... is it? I assume that reading Tragic Sense of Life would give some insight (and maybe starting a readalong thread wouldn't be out of place here, since it is available: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/14636/14636-h/14636-h.htm) but I just wondered what people's thoughts are on the idea. So... does mortality give meaning to life?