Question about Value - Allen Stairs responds

Is it possible for anything to matter? My teacher always tells me if I do bad in a drama scene, I shouldn't worry about it because no one will remember or care in a few weeks. Doesn't that apply to
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Is it possible for anything to matter? My teacher always tells me if I do bad in a drama scene, I shouldn't worry about it because no one will remember or care in a few weeks. Doesn't that apply to everything? If I cure cancer, surely that will affect almost everyone on the planet, but will anyone even appreciate it a million years after the fact? A billion? Humans can't last forever, and eventually our species will die - meaning no one will be alive to remember cancer even existed. Even Earth will die eventually. Even the Galaxy!! So how can anything I do be important in the grand scheme of things? Response from: Allen Stairs There's a classic paper by Thomas Nagel that addresses your question. It's called The Absurd. It appeared the Journal of Philosophy, v. 68 no. 20, 1971. A bit of googling just might find you the full text, though of course I could never actually suggest that you look for a copy produced without regard for copyright. Nagel thinks there's no getting around. . .

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