It’s day 7 of the rewrites. This one is another digression. But of course it is. If there is no point then what is not a digression?
Death is mere non-existence. That’s not how most people think of it though. So to describe as dying what happens to the previous day’s self after sleep might not be helpful. That’s a mistake from yesterday.
There are other analogies. Theseus’s famous ship comes to mind. But that’s a very old tale and nobody rebuilds anything anymore. Capitalism rewards the production of disposable goods and all that. So sleeping is a git merge and waking up is a pull request instead? But then what is a fork?
Fork is what Kage-bunshin no Jutsu does and why Naruto is such imba. Each time he merges his clones it’s like he has lived so much longer faster. It’s not at all dissimilar to entering the Hyperbolic Time Chamber in Dragon Ball. Narrative tools to explain away how characters get good at what they do make a good point.
In the documentary Inside Bill’s Brain, Mr. Gates’ secretary made an interesting remark. The billionaire he said was very sensitive in managing his time and being punctual. Of all the resources available to him the one thing he cannot have more of is an extra hour a day. Back to reality.
I better stop before this line of thought stops hitting sweet nostalgic heartstrings. If I continue it might regress to below the mean and get too long. I will continue this thought tomorrow unless something else comes up.
Enough for today.
Some thoughts: The git vcs comparison needs a little more fleshing out. A fork is a clone, no issues there. But the analogies for sleeping and waking up needs clarification. REM sleep, let’s say, is the merge. But when one wakes up using the same master branch, did the master “die”? It’s confusing because a yes answer here is a no answer to the original ship question. Not that it’s relevant to the “argument” because it already presumes both. So, whatever.
Some more thoughts: Reading about nCoV while having flu-like symptoms is such a mood. I am self-quarantined by default though, so no worries for me.