Franz Kafka is credited with observing that "the meaning of life is that it stops." This recognition-that life's one certainty is certain death-has been the source of great inspiration. Indeed, much of what we do and create depends on our very human desire to make a mark on this world that will outlast our sentient selves.
Gordon, Deborah S.
"Mor[t]ality and Identity: Wills, Narratives, and Cherished Possessions,"
Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities: Vol. 28
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yjlh/vol28/iss2/4