Survival is getting to be big business. Whether terrorism, 2012, or the economy is prompting it, people are putting a lot of money and energy into making sure they and theirs survive whatever happens.
I read a (fictional) story where a man desperate for his family to survive accidentally caused them to become cannibals. An extreme example, I know, but it highlights an important truth:
There are more important things than not dying. I want my kids to live to a ripe old age, to enjoy their children and their children. But I'm far more concerned with how they live the days they are given and, when the time comes, how they die.
After all, everyone dies. Not everyone makes a difference while they're here.