Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution, 2016 Vol. 62, Nos. 3–4, 113–117, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15659801.2016.1233690 IJEE Soapbox: Robert D. Holt * Department of Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611, USA We live in a wounded world. Some wounds are personal, recently by the philosopher Samuel Schefﬂer in his Death intimately entwined with one’s very being. Others are not and the Afterlife (2013), who argues that much of personal, but communal, in an expansive sense of the the meaning in a human life comes from the fact that we word. Part of living a human life is the accumulation of believe in a kind of secular “collective afterlife” (a phrase wounds within oneself, physical and psychic, and trying of Kolodny, in Schefﬂer & Kolodny 2013, p. 5), one’s best if not always to heal, at least to cope with them. comprised of all those human beings who will live on past Even the best of lives, far from the travesties of tyrants, our own existence. Schefﬂer states (p. 30) that it matters thugs, and terrorists which so ﬁll the news, knows sadness “to us to have other people we care about live on after we and grief. Why? Because all of
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