Test 22: You’re dead a long time, and I feel fine

January 29, 2011 at 7:02 am Leave a comment

This test, the “Sense of Symbolic Immortality Scale” is a 26 item test with a 1 = strongly disagree to 7 = strongly agree scale. A little reverse scoring and you end up with a score. I was roughly in the 70th percentile, which is OK, considering the baseline is a bunch of nutjobs who believe in a Bearded Sky God who is personally interested in their wretched little lives, and who will plonk them on a cloud to play the harp for the rest of time. Sheesh.

There’s, inevitably, some spiritualist woo-woo in here – if you disagree with the statement “I feel that in spite of my inevitable death, I will always be an integral part of the world” you get marked down.

Ditto, if you “have the feeling that human nature is doomed to destruction” you also lose points….

And bizarrely (another cock-up?) you lose points for affirming that “my love life brings me joy.” Interesting logic there, if that’s what it is…

Anyway, look, Sisyphus has to be imagined happy. It would be fun to do an existentialist version of this test, but I simply can’t be bothered. Bad faith, I know.

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