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A Mortals Sense of Immortality To fear death is to fear life itself An overbearing concern for the end of life not only leads to much apprehension of the final moment but also allows that fear to occupy ones whole life The only answer that can possibly provide relief in the shadow of the awaited final absolution lies in another kind of absolution one that brings a person to terms with their irrevocable mortality and squelches any futile desire for immortality Myths are often the vehicles of this release helping humanity to accept and handle their mortal and limited state Different cultures have developed varying myths to coincide with their religious beliefs and give reprieve to their members in the face of irrevocable death The same is true for the stories in the Book of Genesis and the Mesopotamians Epic of Gilgamesh In these two myths similar paths are taken to this absolution are taken by the characters of Adam and Gilgamesh respectively These paths often linked by their contradictions end with the same conclusion for each man on the subject of immortality that no amount of knowledge or innocence power or humility honoring or sinning will achieve them immortality in the sense of a life without death Eternal life for a mortal lies in memory by ones friends and family after ones death When Adam is created in the second chapter and second creation story of Genesis out of the dust by the newly created world of God he is the most innocent being ever known It says of he and Eve they were both naked the man and his wife and were not ashamed Genesis 224 and why should they be having no knowledge that their state was indecent The opposite is true for Gilgamesh who Anu grants the totality of knowledge of all Gilgamesh 3 Through the course of the epic we discover that Gilgamesh indeed does not have knowledge of all
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