In a message dated 12/1/1999 10:16:22 PM EST, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< And why should the rational course necessarily be determined the simple summation of all future pleasurable experiences? It seems to me there's a factor in the sequence which decays over time - I wouldn't submit to a million years of agony, starting now, even if the following million were quite nice.
Pleasure is a good way to pass the time, but being dead doesn't mean you've lost, it means you've stopped playing the game. Honestly, I can't imagine anything more horrible than the prospect of living literally forever.
If a million years is what it takes (and believe me I will look for other ways) then that is what I'll do. Personally, I can only think of a few things more horrible than not living literally forever (perhaps nobody living literally forever might be worse).