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[Since the atoms of our brains are constantly being replaced,] what we are is patterns. We have a built-in desire to extend the patterns for as long as possible, but at the same time we don't want to preserve the patterns in a fixed state, or we would never learn or grow.

Simultaneously, we are part of larger patterns which — like the atoms in our brains — we enter into, subtly alter, then leave. [O]ur influence on the larger patterns is the most enduring thing we can have.
jcl @ Hacker News re: purpose of life
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