Maj. Dan Leard, U.S. Army, is currently serving as an operations officer in the 75th Ranger Regiment. He holds a BS in history from West Point and a MMAS from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is an infantry officer who has held numerous direct leadership positions in combat, most recently as a company commander in Afghanistan in 2011. Notes Epigraph. Michel de Montaigne, “To Philosophize is to Learn How to Die,” in The Complete Essays of Montaigne, ed. and trans. Donald M. Frame (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2004), 64. 1. Stephen Cave, Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and )!