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When Gilgamesh meets Utnapishtim, he receives advice from the immortal man. Utnapishtim emphasizes the theme that
ceaseless worry makes life unbearable and brings one closer to death.
death is an important part of the human cycle.
death can be overcome through heroic deeds and fame.
life is meaningless and people should live accordingly.
comparing one’s life to others’ misfortunes is a good way to live a fulfilled life.