|If Objectivists are to inform the religionists, there is a question I believe we have to be ready to answer which is: if there is no afterlife or continuation of consciousness in any form after death, what is the point of any pursuit. Refinement, knowledge, perfection of talent all are "vanity" if they are simply taken to a mouldering grave.
Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time;
Footprints, that perhaps another, sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother, seeing, shall take heart again.
But is this a justification for human achievement, to benefit future generations? If not, is the alternative hedonism?