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The Last of Us and the Meaning of Life

The Last Of Us

The Last Of Us is a great game with a great story. Here is my take on what the message of the game is, which probably wasn't what the game makers were going after. It is something that has been percolating in my head for a while now and the way this story ends is a great way to make my point about what I think the meaning of life is. BE AWARE, major game spoilers exists after the "Read more" link.

Would one choose life?

I wonder if one were given the option to be born, to live as a mortal, would one choose life? I think not. Of course, for it to be a valid choice, one would need to know what life is. To be born is to suffer. That is the default state of being. We suffer from hunger, the need for shelter and companionship. We, then, try to spend the rest of our lives to ease that suffering, knowing that life will end, and with it, all that suffering. At the same time we are mostly fearful of that end. Why one would deliberately want to go through this torment is beyond reason. 

Live as if we'll live forever.

Carpe Diem. Most people take this to mean that we should live everyday as if it were our last. But, for you, dear reader, and billions of others around the world that is not the case. Most of us will live another day; in fact, very likely many days. To live as if it were our last day on this planet would most certainly encourage hedonistic activities and cause us more harm than good. Clearly, this is not a good way to go about our daily lives.

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