Damian Broderick captured our very strong beliefs about this with the following:
"I've been musing on this depraved doctrine. I'd be inclined to respond to that claim ("death gives life its meaning") thus:"
"You think life is *meaningless* without suffering and death? What the hell's wrong with you? Do you think having a full mouth of good teeth is meaningless without the potential for your teeth rotting and falling out? Here, let me help you appreciate life better with this steel mallet applied to your mouth. Are you really so incompetent in logic and reason that you can assert: 'Without death, life is worthless, and if life is worthless you might as well be dead'?"
"It's true that threats against our physical integrity, lethal and otherwise, arouse intense, gratifying states of alertness and responsiveness in an otherwise complacent, routinized and dulled person. But in those cases it's not *death* and *harm* that give us meaning; it's their successful *avoidance*. That's why people call an unusual escape from threatened death a "miracle" and "thank God" for it; nobody calls the death of all those others who failed to be saved by the "miracle" praiseworthy and miraculous in giving meaning to those doomed people's lives, and ours."
-- Damien Broderick