We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's not only living so that your life will be viewed with approval by others after your death, but seeing that the way you die will cast an entirely different light on everything you did in your life up to that point. Imagine two identical lives, one of which ends while you make a cowardly decision not to save a child from a fire (the ceiling comes down on you as you freeze in place, for instance), and another in which you die trying to save the child, or even succeeding.