Death is very likely the single best invention of life: Peter Pan, Steve Jobs

Robert Pimm
Robert Pimm

Death is very likely the single best invention of life: the famous Steve Jobs quote lights up my comedy, thriller and love story “Corona Crime”.  How might a world after Coronavirus be shaped by our obsessions with beauty, wealth and staying alive?

Peter Pan and Steve Jobs

What do Peter Pan and Steve Jobs have in common?

Answer: they both help explain why wealth and creativity cannot mix.

There is a reason for that stereotype of a starving artist in a garret.  Need, and monomania, sharpen the senses.  No wonder millionaire rock stars have trouble re-creating the catchy tunes which made them famous.  Why should they get out of bed in the morning?

What if you had 6 weeks to live? 

My post 7 ways my sci-fi novel Corona Crime explains the meaning of life (links in bold italics are to other posts on this site) contrasts how you might behave if you suddenly found you had only six weeks left to live with how you would act if you learned you were immortal.

In the first case, we’d all try to enjoy an intense six weeks.

Leigh Turner, Stephen Turner

Me aged 1 (in pram) with elder brother – both rich in Coronatime

Death is very likely the single best invention of life

This brings us back to the quote by Steve Jobs which opens Corona Crime:

‘Death is very likely the single best invention of Life.’

Peter Pan is eternally youthful.  Although characterised in Wikipedia as “an exaggerated stereotype of a boastful and careless boy”, he is sometimes wise.  Faced by death on Marooners’ Rock, he says: ‘To die will be an awfully big adventure’.

Maybe that’s where Steve Jobs got it from.

Immortality, happiness and creativity

Immortality would also be likely to have an unpredictable impact on happiness.  My post Klimt, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony explores how the work of two brilliant artists comes together in Klimt’s Beethoven frieze to show how people can find true happiness.

The Secession, Vienna

You can see Klimt’s Beethoven frieze at the Sezession in Vienna

In Coronatime the pale, red-haired Martha O’Leary says: “I don’t care how many studies have shown Coronatime doesn’t affect your intellect or emotions.  All the great artists have been One Lifers.  It’s like Peter Pan.  You can’t have real feelings if you live forever.

That’s why death is very likely the single best invention in life.

Tithonus and death

The legendary ancient Greek figure Tithonus, of course, found this out the hard way – see my post Corona Crime – how to live better on this site.

If you want some suggestions on how you can best enjoy Corona Crime; its profusion of profound ideas; and a rollicking good read, check out this excerpt from Corona Crime on this site.

It’s a wonderful ride.

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Corona Crime cover

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