Forever for All by R Michael Perry
The individual ought to endure--for a life rightly lived is never rightly ended. And life can be rightly lived, I will maintain--which involves much more than a simple release from pain or burdens. Rightly lived, life must offer positive value, a preponderance of satisfaction over dissatisfaction, a meaningful experience that calls for something beyond immediate interests. There must be a growth process in which the prospect of constructive change and the mysteries to be solved are inducements to continue and progress. Living can then become an end in itself, as it should be, and we can shape our philosophy ac-cordingly: Life is fundamentally good, and death, consequently, is a detriment. We can look forward, with joy, to a future with joy. On-going developments lend support to this position and call for a reas-sessment of life‟s deeper issues.