Posted: Sat, December 01, 2012 | By: Jason Xu
Living forever is a powerful idea – powerful enough to captivate random people like me and make them willing to dedicate my entire life toward activism for this cause and convincing others to do the same. Rekindling this strong passion for life extension will make it viral and spread it all across the world. The pursuit of life extension with transhumanist leanings promises eternal life, creating evangelical supporters who self-replicate. When people realize the meaningless of a 80-120 year life in comparison to an eternal one, they become evangelical, dedicating time and energy to activism and creating more like-minded activists, and thus start the replication process.
Creating impassioned, self-replicating supporters is the #1 priority. When one becomes filled with the passion of life-extension transhumanist philosophy, they never turn back on the temptations of the 80-120 year “normal” lifespan and risk facing eternal oblivion in exchange for a limited, happy life. It becomes a transcendent cause, a moral cause beyond all other humanitarian causes – a uniting solely spirited by its basis on truth under the assumption of universal application of the principles. It is the only philosophy where the universal application of principles results in a society indistinguishable from heaven, regardless of whether metaphysical higher power exists.
Calvinists believed in “perseverance of the saints”: that the message of God’s grace is so irresistible, that all will eventually accept it. Likewise, I believe in “perseverance of the immortalists”, that the prospect of immortality through engineering cellular senescence is so impassioning for all who ponder it, they will evangelize with all their heart and replicate themselves.
The deathists, who do not have the same self-sustaining, self-replicating desire, will eventually convert or die out peacefully. Just like the successful spread of christianity due to its promise of eternal life and happiness, the pursuit of life extension with transhumanist leanings promises eternal life for all as well and will create evangelical supporters.
How lucky will it be if we are the first generation to live forever through eliminating senescent cells? We can tell our posterity about the times when people thought death was inevitable, and joke about how people used to say “YOLO”.
Once the longevity virus spreads global, then, in world opinion, there will be Immortalists and there will Deathists. The Deathists will die out or convert. The immortalists will live on.
Smart, rich, and cool – the three categories of health extension contributors. The Unstoppable Longevity Virus will drive a positive feedback loop increasing the contributions of each of these 3 groups:
Smart People: are scientists and geeks, they are the ones who will be doing research related to life extension such as SENS.
The Rich People: the likes of Peter Thiel, who use their high net worth to donate millions to causes like the Methuselah Mouse Prize - the patrons who engage in philanthrophy by funding life extension
The Cool People: The ones who make life extension cool and appealing. Create self-replicating “life extension evangelicals” by convincing other laypeople that life extension is so important to achieving the meaning of life that it is worth risking a boring 80-120 year life for.
We will drive the cycle of positive feedback loops. Everyone can be “cool” by becoming a life extension evangelical and engaging in life extension social activism through any means at their disposal. The constant influx of “cool” people drives the credibility need for rich people to donate to life extension based causes like SENS, and the scientific research will drive results.
The Longevity Virus…have you caught it? Ways to get involved:
1. Longevity Party on Facebook
2. Be Active on Longecity.org
3. Eternal Life Fan Club – create quote memes on Facebook
4. Live Forever Fellowship – create double-caption memes on Facebook
5. Movement for Indefinite Life Extension on Facebook – Petition-style “like” page with inspirational anti-death infographics
6. Attending Health Extension Salon, listed on eventbrite
This essay originally appeared in Jason’s blog, Life Extension Primacy, HERE