In psychology there is a motivational/evolutionary theory named Terror Management Theory which posits that all human activity is driven primarily by the desire to both avoid thoughts of our inevitable death and also to craft a life which lives on past our biological age. Children, art, business, charity, philanthropy; they are all ways for humans to achieve symbolic immortality.
That might seem dry but if you think about it, it does explain an awful lot. If life is simply about creating some form of legacy then you're going to need some way of keeping track of the limited time you have remaining to do so. Luckily, Tikker have launched a Kickstarter for their product: a watch which tells you how long you have until your estimated time of death. Here's what they say:
For all of us life comes with a best before date, and one day we'll find ourselves at the end of the line. Gee, you're thinking, this is really depressing! But, wait, there's good news too! While death is nonnegotiable, life isn't. The good news is that life is what you make of it â€“ and oboy can it be beautiful! All we have to do is learn how to cherish the time and the life that we have been given, to honor it, suck the marrow from it, seize the day and follow our hearts. And the best way to do this is to realize that seconds, days and years are passing never to come again. And to make the right choices.
At last, the perfect product for the #YOLO generation. If you want to be constantly reminded of your mortality every time you look at your wrist, the project still needs around $10k in the next 37 days in order to be fully backed. The chance of an ever dwindling lifetime...
Kieran is a freelance writer and psychology graduate from Scotland who wishes BoDog Fights still put on outdoor MMA events in Costa Rica.
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