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Old 02-15-2013, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Rome, Georgia
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Good, thanks, so you get my point.
Here, I do get your point.
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:54 AM
 
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That's a strange choice of word - enslaved. The wonderful thing about science and epigenetics is that we can better understand ourselves and learn from it. While you may be a product of the past, that does not mean you cannot change your future - or your present, so in this sense you are not enslaved. Who knows why we exist? It is one of those great remaining unanswered questions. But you are here and you have conscious thought and with that brings an appreciation of all that you have before you. You are clearly an intelligent person - you can change anything. One thing that is possible to change right away is to not view life as a negative, because there is no point to that. You can choose not to but that seems like such a waste. As long as you are on this earth, you might as well seize the day.
I appreciate the tone of this post (you seem like a nice person), although I can hardly ensure a 180 degree change of perspective--in fact I would certainly bet against it. I find pessimism to be useful if not mandated by the materialist worldview. If I seize the day only to find a year from now that my carpe-ing of the diem was merely an illusion (I await the materialist explanation of consciousness), then what am I left with?
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