During some downtime, I came across a fascinating interview by Larry King with Neill deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist who has a fascinating take on why he embraces mortality and why he prefers burial over cremation.
What really drew me into the episode was Tyson’s views on how mortality really becomes the driving force of our ability, and our need, to love.
Head over to 21:56 in the video to get to the start of the conversation.
And I couldn’t help but notice that Larry King was clearly showing his cards as he was visibly uneasy with the idea of not having control after he passes into “the unknown”.
NdGT: If you could live forever, would you?
NdGT: [laughs] OK, We’re done of the interview!
NdGT: Yes! No, OK, sure. That’s an attractive idea, but the way I look at it is, it is the knowledge that I’m going to die that creates the focus that I bring to being alive. The urgency of accomplishment; the need to express love now, not later. If we live forever, why ever even get out of bed in the morning? Because you always have tomorrow. That’s not the kind of life I want to lead.
LK: But why? Don’t you fear not being around?
NdGT: I fear living a life where I could have accomplished something I didn’t. That’s what I fear. I don’t fear death.
LK: Don’t you fear the unknown?
NdGT: I love the unknown! I loved it—You know what I want on my tombstone? My sister has this in her notes, just in case I can’t tell anyone after I die. On my tombstone, a quote from Horace Mann, great educator: “Be ashamed to die, until you have scored some victory for humanity.” That’s what I want on my tombstone.
The thing to remember is with an estate plan, you can still have a considerable amount of control even after you pass away to make sure your loved ones are cared and provided for how you’d want.
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