Would you want to live forever?
In the not too distant future, you might be able to.
If you’re like me, you want to live longer than the century we humans are given in this world. A century is not even a mere second on the cosmic calendar. Imagine what our species might accomplish in a thousand years, the technology we will possess, the secrets of the universe we might uncover. We tend to forget how small we are in the grand scheme of things, going on about our daily lives in seemingly complete ignorance of the bigger picture. Carl Sagan’s famous and powerful speech the ‘pale blue dot‘ elucidates how misguided human civilization has been throughout history, how consumed we are by our own self interest due to our limited time in this world.
“The earth is a very small stage, in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors, so that in glory and triumph they can become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel, on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.”– Carl Sagan
Perhaps, if we’re not under the continuous pressure of not having enough time, perhaps if we have all the time in the world, our perspectives of what’s truly important might radically change for the better, and so too would our world.
There are many ethical and moral questions that arise when talking about the ramifications of a global society that doesn’t age. What will happen to our global population? Will it spike uncontrollably or will it decline? Is impending death what makes life so special? Once we near the end of our lives, many debilitating diseases makes our finals years not worth living. We might loose our most precious memories, forget whom our loved ones are and become unable to take care of ourselves. Many people think of aging as an inherit property of reality. If one mentions the possibility of living for a millennium, most people might imagine you’d look the equivalent of a thousand years old as well. However, increased lifespan will most likely be a result of an indefinite ability to maintain ones own health. Over the course of our lives, we accumulate damage in our cells. We become increasingly unable to replenish ourselves as we age. However, we are getting closer and closer to understanding why we age and how we might be able to stop it, perhaps even reverse it.
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