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Desiring Immortality

Posted: Fri, November 23, 2012 | By: Jason Xu



Has your love for life ever transformed into a deep desire for physical immortality?  My beingness, which I greatly and truly value, is something that I most certainly will want to be maintained until tomorrow.  Never will there be a day where “tomorrow” is a day where I will feel that death is desirable.

As finite beings, we have a grave inability to control matter, and most notably among that matter is the metabolism of our own bodies.  As human beings living in the 21st century, we are faced with the grave reality that our bodies, the very substrate we where born into with no choice of our own, is preprogrammed to die due to mutations in our cells’ ability to function.  We choose to call this process “aging”, occasionally “disease” when a specific cause can be identified.  

Wake up people!  We did not choose to exist, and we did not choose to be born into aging bodies.  If human beings strive to change their very bodies, the very substrates we exist in, we will change the nature of our existence from temporal to immortal.  When there’s a will, there’s a way. 

“” I’ll tell you a secret. Something they don’t teach you in your temple. The Gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.” - Achilles

The greatest deathist mistake we can mistake is to forget - in awe of every moment being a once in a lifetime opportunity - how eternal life can help us savor precious moments again and again as if each were our last without physically having to die.

It is the illusion of death being imminent, not death itself, that forces us to savor each moment in life.  If we live forever by ending aging, we can always savor each moment by imagining that each moment was our last.  The human brain does not distinguish: We feel the thrill of a roller coaster even if it is completely safe.

It is because I enjoy each moment past as if it were my last, that I endeavor to enjoy life forever.

People sometimes feel despair that on how temporal their current existence is.  The human existence has been for too long had the defining characteristic of a seemingly inevitable endpoint, whether at the hands of an unnatural death or a “natural” deterioration of the body.  

If all of us only realized this great flaw in the continued existence of humanity and endeavored to change it, it would only be a matter of time before aging is history.  For society to continue on as a cycle of birth and death can only lead to further despair for our children and grandchildren.  

To often investors look at ending aging movements and foundations in an economic “cost benefit” perspective, not willing to invest in foundations such as SENS because the goal of a sustainable eternal existence for us all doesn’t seem achievable within one’s own lifetime.  And to maintain this mindset is to continue the same misery that lead to the formation of that viewpoint in the first place.  

To contribute fully, using one’s time, energy, wealth, and scientific knowledge to eliminate aging and other forms of death is a pursuit of changing the nature of human existence for now until forever.  No longer will humans ask “Why must I die?”.  

Any society with sufficiently advanced technology and sufficiently virtuous people is indistinguishable from heaven.  If you ever feel meant for an eternal destiny, the answer is before you eyes: pursue life extension.  Evangelize the world.  Astutely donate to foundations attempting to reverse aging.  And never lose hope

We are inspired by a vision of an “ageless society” where the human lifespan can be extended beyond the limits imposed by aging and its damage to the body. We also pledge to resuscitate each other if one of us dies and is cryonically preserved.

Priorities:

1) Ensuring that cryogenically frozen members are safely preserved in hopes of future resuscitation

2) Interest-free loans to pay for cryonic suspension of members who do not have the means to be cryogenically suspended

3) Ensuring that our intergenerational community has sufficient members and enough compassion for each other so that members desire to revive each other, and ensure a “welcome back” greeting is prepared for potentially resuscitatees in case a fellow is resuscitated

4) Spread awareness of life extension to promote inherent desirability of successfully reviving cryonics patients and pursuing healthspan extension as soon as possible.

4) Promote life-logging among members to track conscious experiences, reconnecting with past life once resuscitated

5) Fund anti-aging life extension research. Focus on areas of medicine least funded by mainstream medicine, as the all factors of aging need to be cured, and we must allocate our funding in a way that cures aging the fastest. Do not fund areas of research already well-funded by non-life-extensionists such as cancer research, but fund high-impact research projects on areas of aging with low market demand.

This essay originally appeared HERE and HERE



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