St. Paul writes,
If the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised; our preaching therefore is vain, and your faith is also vain: ye are yet in your sins. Then they also that are fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. If the dead rise not, let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die(1)
St. Ignatius comments:
But if such be our condition and feelings, how would we differ from donkeys and dogs, who have no care about the future, but think only of eating, and of indulging such appetites as follow after eating? For they are unacquainted with any intelligence moving within them(2).
I don’t want to be a donkey? Do you want to be a donkey?
(1)1 Corinthians 15
(2) Tarsians 7