Perhaps funerals then serve mainly to alleviate a crippling worry: ‘Will I be remembered? Will I leave something of myself for the future?’ If so, then these emotions might be best understood in terms of a uniquely human Legacy Drive. As Pinker (1997) put it: “Ancestor worship must be an appealing idea to those who are about to become ancestors.”
As Albert Camus (1956) put it: “Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.”
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