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.
Deborah S. Gordon,
Mor[t]ality and Identity: Wills, Narratives, and Cherished Possessions,
Yale J.L. & Human.
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