Does Suffering Make Life Worthwhile?

Tom Stevenson
Nov 14, 2018 · 6 min read

In his novel, The City and The Stars, Arthur C. Clarke details a place where death has been transcended. The city of Diaspar is run by a Central Computer which creates the people that live there and stores their minds in its memory at the end of their lives.

Diaspar is in the grip of insular conservatism. The city is completely enclosed and no one has entered or left the city for as long as anyone…