In a meditation so bizarre that it makes perfect sense, Dr. Robert Lanza offers his ideas on what happens when we die:
[At death], it’s here at last, where we approach the imagined border of ourselves, the wooded boundary where in the old fairy tale the fox and the hare say goodnight to each other. At death, we all know, consciousness is gone, and so to the continuity in the connection of times and places. Where then, do we find ourselves? On stairs that can be intercalated anywhere, like those that Hermes won with the dice of the moon, that Osiris might be born. We think that the past is past and the future the future. But as Einstein realized, this simply isn’t the case.
I guess I’m at a point where there is more of my life in the past than in the future, so I think about this stuff.
P.S. The reference to the fox and hare is apparently lifted from a book entitled Toward A Dialogue Of Understandings: Loren Eiseley And The Critique Of Science by Mary Ellen Pitts:
…in the words of the old fairy tale, the fox and hare say good night to each other. It is here that predictability ceases and the unimaginable begins — or, as a final heretical suspicion, we might ask ourselves whether our own little planetary fragment of the cosmos has all along concealed a mocking refusal to comply totally with human conceptions of order and secure prediction.
P.P.S. Another (longer) meditation on the bittersweet nature of life and death and time travel is Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut.
P.P.P.S. …and the movie is just as good (if not better) than the book.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t it about 2 cents on the dollar for all earmarks? And, even if you removed them, the money would still be there in the budget? After all, an earmark is just a congressman saying “I got dibs on the dough,” right?
Speaking of which, let’s be blunt: they’re good if your congressman gets them, but bad if someone else’s congressman gets them.
I get it, I get it: emotion moves voters and people get angry about earmarks. I’m old enough to remember Sen. Proxmire and his Golden Fleece Awards.
But with all the other crap flying around (8.1% unemployment, 650 thousand jobs going bye-bye every month) can we just get past the earmark crusade and on to the important stuff?
Besides, we had an election and the guy who led the anti-earmark crusade lost. Badly.
Time to move on.
P.S. Get this: McCain & Feingold want to bring back the line-item veto to kill earmarks. More power to them. But I’m skeptical it will pass Congress let alone the Supreme Court.