Seize the day – lessons from the Illuminator

A recent study suggests that human life is curtailed at about 120 years. The biblical dictum that no one would live beyond such a lifespan seems to be remarkably accurate (given a conservative 1% margin of error – for example Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122). Is 120 years a long time? Scale is obviously somewhat relevant here (geologists would ignore such a piffling pittance of time) yet clearly from a personal perspective it also depends on what you do with it. Even with a theoretical end in sight, may be its important to recognise the obvious repeatedly that even if a limit is knowable (give or take) our own end is unpredictable (!). Terrifying as that may be, perhaps it

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