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Is Death a Misfortune?. Creighton Sullivan. Thought Experiment. Adopt child Hire actors to portray Harry Potter universe Go through “traditional” motions (choose a wand, magic textbooks, etc) Take child to train station and instruct to run through a pillar to reach “hidden platform”

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Is death a misfortune

Is Death a Misfortune?

Creighton Sullivan


Thought experiment

Thought Experiment

  • Adopt child

  • Hire actors to portray Harry Potter universe

  • Go through “traditional” motions (choose a wand, magic textbooks, etc)

  • Take child to train station and instruct to run through a pillar to reach “hidden platform”

  • Child runs into wall, you reveal that magic isn’t real and return child to orphanage


How is this ok

How is this ok?

  • Out of all the children at the orphanage, one particular child got to spend time with someone that truly cared for and loved them (or so they think)


Is death a misfortune

  • Only after being fortunate enough to experience this event was the child wronged. It is a propitious misfortune


Human life came into existence in two possible ways

Human life came into existence in two possible ways

  • There is a God, which designed the universe and everything in it (including us)

  • There is no divine creator and humanity came about through natural processes


Option 1 there is a god

Option 1: There is a God

  • A God would have had many options

  • The God chose this scenario, in which not only humanity exists, but each of us individuals exist


Option 2 evolutionary events created us

Option 2: Evolutionary events created us

  • We are lucky that all conditions were so perfect to allow humanity to come about

  • We are lucky that each of us individuals exist


Is death a misfortune

  • In either case, we were all granted an unearned fortune that we had no rights to. To lose this is no misfortune, as we had to be fortunate enough in the first place to exist


Leibniz

Leibniz

  • Leibniz theorized that this is the best of all possible worlds

  • The best world requires

    • Our life

    • Our death


Is death a misfortune

  • Taxes are a burden, but only to those lucky enough to live in an established society.

  • Death is like taxes, only those lucky enough to be born are fortunate enough to experience it


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