I suppose if you took the viewpoint of a child - I /did/ start out as something other than a mortal human. At that age, the concept of human vs. other life form hadn't quite taken hold, much less the restraints of mortality.
In some of my more rambunctious times, I revert back to that feeling of childhood where I don't have to think of mortality - but work, finances, society - sicknesses - always do worry me back to my mortal existence.
Just an observation.
Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
(Note: "Have you ever carked yourself back into a mortal human?" doesn't count unless you started out as something else. "Do you consider yourself to be the "same"...do you not care" doesn't count unless you've actually moved from one substrate to another at some point. And "Have you lived more than a subjective century?" doesn't count the marriage multiplier, even if your mother-in-law moves in with you.)
-- firstname.lastname@example.org Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://pobox.com/~sentience/tmol-faq/meaningoflife.html Running on BeOS Typing in Dvorak Programming with Patterns Voting for Libertarians Heading for Singularity There Is A Better Way