April 28, 2014 @ 12:41 pm
All minds face death and pain
All minds on this earth, like this mind, must face death. Large and small; fast and slow; past, present, and future. This much seems unavoidable. All minds must also face pain, including the awful pain of the awareness of death.
This mind’s good fortune
In spite of this tragic predicament, I seem to be one of the lucky ones. This mind seems to have a surplus of time and attention. This mind begins to predict that if it makes an effort, it can take care of its own needs and to spare. To help make the way easier for other minds in a similar predicament. Large and small; fast and slow; past, present, and future.
To reciprocate the selfless efforts of past minds
Perhaps this mind through effort can even help to validate the sacrifices of minds who made an effort before, minds that did this mind a similar favor, even minds that did not know me personally.
If I repay these forerunners in this flawed and somewhat impersonal way, perhaps that is better than nothing. Perhaps I am giving those past efforts a posthumous gift of attention and appreciation.
Perhaps even if my efforts do exactly nothing to help those past minds, for observation says past minds are truly gone, perhaps I will benefit myself and future minds as well, at a cost I can well afford.
To help present and future minds
Perhaps I can lengthen and enrich the experience of present and future minds in the current context. In this oddly non-intuitive, observable, space-time milieu. If there is nothing else, perhaps this is the optimal influence I can hope to be. Based only on what this mind can observe.
The affordability of this wager
Perhaps I will not lose too much in opportunity cost, in spending some of this mind’s precious time and attention to help these other minds. And from time to time, perhaps I can afford to remind myself of this perspective. For this mind’s clarity and priorities are so easily clouded and distracted.