Thursday, 15 June 2017
Blur And Death
"...a whirling screaming striking blur that left death and ululating agony in its wake..."
-SM Stirling, The Sword Of The Lady (New York, 2009), Chapter One, p. 13.
Accidental association of ideas: there are two versions of what Clark Kent did with his powers before he became Superman -
he was Superboy;
he moved so fast that he was known as "the Red and Blue Blur," later shortened to "the Blur."
"Death is a forgetting..." (p. 16)
I agree, provided that we are clear about what we mean by this. My memories will end at death and will not be reproduced in any later organism. However, I believe neither that individual consciousness will linger in a Summerland nor that there will be any one-to-one relationship between me and a later-born organism. Being is the subject of all consciousness and death is its Lethe.