If I abstain from fun and such, I'll probably amount to much; but I shall stay the way I am, because I do not give a damn.
A live body and a dead body contain the same number of particles. Structurally, there's no discernible difference. Life and death are unquantifiable abstracts. Why should I be concerned?
Substitute something down the centuries and it becomes the real thing as far as those bastards are concerned.
Science arose from religious superstition like plumbing and sanitation arose from raw sewage and disease.