Quotes: Existence on a mountain is simple. Seldom in life does it come any simpler: survival, plus the striving toward a summit. The goal is solidly, three-dimensionally there – you can see it, touch it, stand on it – the way to reach it is well defined, the energy of all is directed towards its achievement. It is this simplicity that strips the veneer off civilization and makes that which is meaningful easier to come by – the pleasure of deep companionship, moments of uninhibited humor, the tasting of hardship, sorrow, beauty, joy. — Thomas F. Hornbein (1930 -) Everest, The West Ridge
In so far as [the] soul becomes permeated by truth, beauty, and goodness as the value-realization of God-consciousness, such a resultant being becomes indestructible. If there is no survival of eternal values in the evolving soul of man, then mortal existence is without meaning, and life itself is a tragic illusion. … What you begin in time you will assuredly finish in eternity – if it is worth finishing. — The Urantia Book (111:3.7)
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries, without them humanity cannot survive. — Tenzin Gyatso (1935 -) The Dalai Lama
Comment: The first impulse of a being is to survive; usually thought of as physical survival. This is important, of course, for a while. Except we have an abundance of evidence that physical survival does end. This is why we turn to the hope that there is a form of survival beyond the grave. Unless you were with Jesus when he lived and died, and saw him on Easter Sunday, you have no personal proof of life after death, nonetheless faith can see through the veil.