Originally posted by old_god
Would you really want immortality? After seeing all that we as humans are capable of doing?
It is obvious we would only end up destroying ourselves and this planet if we had such a "physical & material" gift.
Many people view what they do without concern as to how it will effect the earth in 100 or so years..because they won't be around.
Perhaps the concept that they will be here may make many people and governments reconsider their actions..suddenly a real look into human interaction
and the environmental consequences will be seriously looked at, because its not our grandkids grandkids we are effecting...its us.
As far as what humans are capable of doing...we are like fire...we can do great things, or horrible things...all depending on how we use it.
I see, for every serial killer, there are 500 good people trying to help out a bit...however, I don't like how we ignore the 500 doing good and focus
on the 1 serial killer to define us. I think thats an incredible misrepresentation of our species at a whole...and I look suspiciously at people whom
will only see the acts of the killer
True immortality comes from being remembered by those that love you and admire you, who talk about you when you are gone with respect and learn from
your ways so that you carry on benefiting others even after your death (as many of the great people of history do so now).
Going on again from what I just said
Who is remembered in history? a couple peaceful figures, but for the most part, conquorers and societys most evil.
If immortality is only what is passed down in storys and rememberences, then only vile and evil creatures are immortal...vampires if you will.
I say this levels the playing field...but then again, we are not discussing immortality. living to the age of 100 is seen as a great thing, and is
possible with medicine and understanding of our body. This just (potentially) increases it a bit more...by a year or a thousand thousand
years...still the same thing...just extending it a bit more.
You would have to be pretty ignorant to think there is nothing beyond this physical realm, that we simply cease to exist after we die when the reality
is that we simply move on. My view is that the concious mind carries on, living and being regardless of the human body but it's down to the person to
believe they can and will carry on and in what form.
Consider this...lets say we were all fully and completely sold on the afterlife stuff...that we die and go to a cosmic disneyland.
Why bother curing anything? Why even eat? having a rough patch in life, well, just lay down and die and goto disneyland.
No, I think its critical that we don't stop and just wait for death...we must press forward with longevity and a war against mortality. it has always
been our driving force...hell, its all lifeforms driving force, from an amoeba that moves away from danger, to a human running away from a charging
We instinctually know in our core to try and survive to live another day..
an 85 year old man whom has lost everything, his wife, his friends, perhaps even many sons and daughters, will still take his daily meds, still try to
move around, etc...so that he can live another day.
Because something deep inside of us acknowledges a simple fact...this is the only life we know is real...everything after that is total speculation
Still this could lead to some beneficial studies and possibly cure many illnesses we have right now (one would hope).
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old_god because: Obama made me do it!
What is the difference?
Cure illness = pushing off death
Longevity treatment = pushing off death.
You have a lot of society acceptance programming in you, and if you step back for a second, it sounds a bit insane.
Its bad to successfully cure a illness (called ageing) because it doesn't limit your lifespan...but it is good to successfully cure a illness because
illnesses limit your lifespan.
Time for that mindset to change I think. Not that this treatment will somehow make us all vamps..but down the road, it may be possible to do just
this through a series of fields working together...then those sold on a tiny limited lifespan will quickly die out as some sort of former species.
self evolution from homo-sapians to...something else...homo-cyberians perhaps (sounds cool)
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