if I could believe in the immortality business, the world would indeed be too good to be true

“Yes, if I could believe in the immortality business, the world would indeed be too good to be true; but…the sods cover us, and the worm that never dies, the conscience, sleeps well at last.” Man “can tell himself this fairy tale of an eternal tea-party; and enjoy the notion…that his friends will yet meet him. But the truth is, we must fight on until we die, and…resumption into—what?”

Robert Louis Stevenson, letter to Edmond Gosse, 1886

Notice his certainty about an state of existence he has no knowledge of. How can he know the ‘conscience sleeps well at last’?

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