Would you choose immortality?
Demographers estimate there were 100 billion people who lived and died before the 7,6 billion people that are alive today. The human condition is this. Memento Mori is what medieval Christians called it: Remember that you will die.
What if this didn’t need to be the case? In fact, there are organisms that replace their cells in a steady and reliable manner with healthier ones, and whose organs and tissues self-repair themselves and maintain their vitality. Children are what they’re called. Adults can also have cells that continue to divide. Cancer is the name for them. What if we could genetically reengineer our cells and chemically reprogram them to divide forever, just like in childhood? And continue this process into adulthood without cancer? Could we become immortals?
Woody Allen said: \”I do not want to be immortalized through my work. I want to be immortalized by not dying.\” I don’t wish to live in the hearts of others, I would rather live in my own apartment. There are groups of scientists today who have the funds to do this. Would you like to live 150 years if these techno-dreamers succeeded? 300 years? What about 500 years? I don’t mean being bedridden and brain dead on morphine drips. I’m talking about living a rich, full physical and mental existence for many centuries, if not forever. Would you choose immortality?