The curse of immortality
There is a horse that runs a grinding stone in a mill. This horsegoes round and round in a specific circle. In fact, the circle on theground was formed by its own footsteps long time ago. It does it365 days a year, seven days a week. It is well fed, but all it does isrunning around in a circle. This is all it does, day in and day out.And, very importantly, this horse is immortal, and it will run thecircle forever.There is another horse. It is in the wild. It is an ordinary mortalhorse. It has to run from its predators. It has to find its own food.It needs to migrate to follow the water source when local waterdries up during the drought seasons. For that, it faces thepossibility of being eaten alive by lions that also gather around theseveral remaining water ponds hundred miles to the east.Everyday it grows exactly one day older. Every moment, it is at aslightly different stage of its life. Every year it is one year closer toits final death, if it does not get killed earlier.Which horse’s life is more meaningful?To most people, the life of the immortal horse is more like a cursethan a blessing. What kind of life is that? Running aimlessly in acircle forever? On the other hand, precisely because of itsfiniteness, some people may find the life of the wild horse moreappealing. At least, within its finite lifetime, the mortal horse isfree to do what it pleases.