Sagan, on Death.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Mar 18, 2012
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Be Grateful every Day.

This is why believing in an afterlife or reincarnation might be counter-productive. Got just one life? Let’s play ping pong: 
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Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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16 Responses to “Sagan, on Death.”

  1. karlsaliter says:

    AWESOME. I'm in the middle of "The End of Faith" by Sam HArris. Have you read it? It is brilliant, and unapologetic in its piercing view of all religions. (VERY un-pc, too. If that's the right phrase.) But Carl just put it all into one quick quote. Nice. Distillations rock.

  2. guest says:

    big big crush on Carl Sagan. re-reading The Demon Haunted World right now. Thank you :)

  3. yogijulian says:

    exactly. thanks way!

  4. Alisha says:

    I understand and like the concept of this cartoon. However, I don't think believing in an existence beyond the human body has to make one deny the beauty and magnificent opportunity of the present human life. Nor does it mean we need to believe anything specific about the existence "beyond". I personally think there is beauty and appreciation in believing in a spiritual realm/ life/ existence, all religion aside. I in no way require people to believe this way or in any one way, but I would challenge everyone to genuinely give it a try. Recognizing a higher being that exists in every person and all living things brings some pretty amazing perspective to the sanctity of life.

  5. JoshMPlant says:

    Wonderful! Such a great quote, and a very apropos articulation of it, too.

  6. […] That’s one of many mistakes in Haidt’s cavalier use of the term. Another is the time frame. Karmic law can play out over a long period of time. And I mean long. Not long as in a drawn-out court case or a bureaucratic snafu, but long as in lifetimes; karma can’t be adequately understood without reference to its close cousin, reincarnation. […]

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