Saturday, March 30, 2013

Eternal Life

What does "Eternal Life" mean? Life that goes on, and on and on? A stream of consciousness that continues past one's death? Does one really live forever?

Will I be reunited with my loved ones? How about my dog? I really miss my dog.

Will I live on among the stars and in the cosmic dust? After the end of the Universe, will I live on in spirit?

Is Life really Eternal?

Many religions are avoidant of death. There is a lot of psychological payoff in creating a cosmology which banishes death. Just make believe that the term "cease to be", doesn't apply to you. "Not really. It does, but it doesn't. I don't want to die, and luckily, I won't have to. It's complicated!"

Suddenly, a mortal fear is lifted. You don't have to think about the termination of your qualia.

Life is so wonderful. I wish it would go on forever. Wait, do I really want that?
Death is not only real, and inevitable, but final. I tend to favor the term "no more", to the term "gone to meet its Maker".

I leave you with a memory fragment from my Hindu upbringing.

Yaksha: What is the greatest wonder in the world?
Yudhisthira: Every day, many people die. Yet the living wish for Eternal Life. This is the greatest wonder in the world.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

China switches to Linux

China is standardizing on a Linux-based OS, Ubuntu Kylin. This is bigger news than most realize! An increased user-base augurs significant improvements for Linux as a whole. Linux will get tested more thoroughly than ever. Its UX and its application offering will get rounded out properly. Suddenly there is a vast incentive to developing applications for Linux.

It has long been my wish that India should standardize on Linux as well. It is a shame that the only Operating System options Indian users typically consider are:

1. Pay for Windows
2. Pirate Windows

Neither is a sustainable model for a country so populous. India should adopt a spirit of international co-operation, and develop and promote its own distribution of Linux, with support for all major Indian languages, and strong integration with the Indian market.