Is he dead right or dead wrong?
Mary Midgley thinks the latter, and has an article also in our current issue explaining why:http://philosophynow.org/issues/89/ ... man_Animal
Midgley's article starts with a quote by Steve Jobs:
"Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things all fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is important… No-one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No-one has ever escaped it. And that’s as it should be, because death is very likely the best invention of life. It is life’s change-agent."
(Steve Jobs, commencement address at Stanford University, 2005)