What Is the Most Important Thing Zombies Can Teach Us About Being Human? - Science and Religion Today
If we realized and came to grips with the impermanence of all things, it would make no sense to become attached to them.
Ignorance of the impermanence of all things, especially our own life, leads to craving happiness through things that will all come to an end. Thus, we are like zombies stumbling mindlessly through life, denying our mortality, striving for fulfillment, finding what we achieve unsatisfying, and seeking more.
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