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"Aside from the certainty of birth and death, all other qualities of human life are propositional. We were born; we will die … these are the axiomatic statements of human life – i.e., self-evident. We need no proof of their truth, certainly there can be no argument. Anything else we say about human life contains the words “if” and “then” as bridge elements of the inherent uncertainty of life. This “if/then” grammatical structure implies by necessity the influence of external factors that determine and qualify their truth content. If I live until I am 14, then my voice may by then have changed. If I live until I am 24 then I may by then graduate with a BA etc. If/then bridges the numerous possibilities that can happen as contingencies of life."

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