posted on Apr, 14 2012 @ 09:44 PM
reply to post by Rockpuck
I will respectfully disagree on the good nature of the prospect of ending old age. Why? It's natural to age and to die. It serves a higher purpose,
and I believe it is wrong of us to interfere with it. I will speculate as to why, but I do believe it is very clear that aging and dying is a natural
process and should then be allowed.
The reason I believe we should allow aging and dying is I believe that is required for the advancement of our species, or at least, it has been the
way it has been done. We live our lives then pass on our RNA/DNA code, which is altered slightly during our lives, and our children benefit slightly
as we evolve. (Or maybe due to certain things in our environment, some of the changes are negative?) So, the sooner we procreate and pass on our
genes, and then ourselves die (to get out of the way for our children once they reach a certain age), the better. In other words, our gene pool is of
the highest importance, and we are just carriers for the genes, disposable and necessarily ephemeral beings. Once we raise our children to the point
that they can take care of their own children, we need to die and get out of the way. I am borrowing this idea from a book I read. Following suit, our
genes do just that -- they kill us off once we reach a certain age: things begin to change. Things that used to cause growth in us (sugar, for
example), will kill us after a certain point in our life. It's called genetic pleiotropy. You'll notice Asians that begin to consume the Western
diet (high in sugar) are generally taller. This lifestyle in later years will kill you (cancer, heart disease). Diets high in sugar also explains why
females are bearing children at younger ages than before. I've kind of gone on a tangent here, though.
(more speculation follows)
So, maybe this is our ultimate purpose, to contribute to the advancement of our species? If it is, then we can easily accept that we are doing our
part just by being alive and having kids. No need to torture ourselves with 'moral' this and that to get into some magic place with golden roads.
But, then again, I don't know what it would mean for those of us who don't have or intend to have kids.
Hope this doesn't sound too off base.