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Originally posted by cloudx
Think about this. In 25 years we will have immortality and be able to live for 800 years. Yet by that time, there will probably have nano-viruses that are hard to cure. Nano technology by then could be used as weapons. We won't be so immortal then.
I wonder how much this revolutionary gene therapy will cost? Probably something along the lines of $XXX annual payments for...let's say 500 years.
By the time knowledge becomes a frightening affair the man also realizes that death is the irreplaceable partner that sits next to him on the mat. Every bit of knowledge that becomes power has death as its central force. Death lends the ultimate touch and whatever is touched by death indeed becomes power.
A man who follows the paths of sorcery is confronted with imminent annihilation every turn of the way, and unavoidably he becomes keenly aware of his death. Without the awareness of death he would be only an ordinary man involved in ordinary acts. He would lack the necessary potency, the necessary concentration that transforms one's ordinary time on earth into magical power.
Thus to be a warrior a man has to be, first of all, and rightfully so, keenly aware of his own death. But to be concerned with death would force any one of us to focus on the self and that would be debilitating. So the next thing one needs to be a warrior is detachment. The idea of imminent death, instead of becoming an obsession, becomes an indifference.
This brings me to a more general point which sometimes annoy me. People say it is un-natural to do this or that yet if it was not supposed to be done it wouldnt be done. IE if in the greater scheme of things we are never meant to live for 1000 years then why do we have the capacity to do it? Think about it.