"A profound unmitigated loneliness is the only truth of life"
- R.K. Narayan

"Every man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind." - John Donne

You speak for God? <winking>

I think I meant in terms of humanity itself. Every man is a strand in the web of life, so the death of any man ought to affect the others still alive.

What about the animals then? Doesn't their death affect us?

I cannot comment on the relationship of non-human life with humanity, you see!

But you still claim to know the relationship between life of one man to another irrespective of their intelligence levels.


By the way, forget rest of the men, even in the case of one single man, do you know the relationship between his life and his own death? Are you so sure that your own death will diminish your own life as such?

Death is defined as the end of life. The end of life is a diminishment of its potentialities, isn't it?

But how do you know your definition of death is a true picture of reality? How can humans define death without knowing the real nature of it? By the way, were you referring death as such or the death as conceived by us? Because then your claim may be true in another sense...

What sense?

By speaking of definition, you have brought human knowledge into the loop. And loss of a man seems, without doubt, to dent the chances of pursuing knowledge on the part of that one man, which, in turn, diminishes the growth of human knowledge as a whole. And insofar as humanity is realized through knowledge, death diminishes us.

So you see now?

But then again, it depends on how we define knowledge and, especially, the criteria of identifying a man on that basis. Given that definition, your diminishment claim may hold some water.

Definitions upon definitions! Phew! I am tired now. Can I get some of that water? 

<chuckling> Far from the Truth, I am just parlaying my friend!