Live Forever

Who wants to live forever,
Who wants to live forever…..?
There’s no chance for us,
It’s all decided for us,
This world has only one sweet moment set aside for us.

The average life expectancy globally was 35 in the 1500’s and remained almost the same for the next four hundred years. Over the last century thanks to medicine, technology, the availability of capital, transportation and information dissemination the average life expectancy has increased to 71.4 in 2015. This means that life has doubled in the past hundred years alone. Would you like to live forever? Can you?

If the human race desires to live forever, it has to look at nature to see whether by a natural process there has been anything that has achieved immortality. I was surprised to learn about the turritopsis dohrnii, a jelly fish found off the coast of Japan that is apparently immortal. When confronted with a existential crisis, it goes back to polyp stage and virtually becomes new again. Therefore, even within the laws of nature, it seems possible to reverse aging. Human beings should therefore be no different and just need to find a natural or stimulated way to achieve the same thing.

We age because of a variety of factors. First because the cells in our body die. Over time the number of dead cells build up and we are unable to replenish this with new cells. Our muscles and bones get weaker with time, especially if you fail to exercise and rebuild both bone density and muscle strength. The neurons in the brain, number over a 100 billion, but with time they decay and as protein builds up in the brain you can suffer from dementia, Alzheimers etc. This can lead to a fading memory or all together going. The muscles in your heart get weaker with time accelerated by blockages in your arteries caused by plaque. Of course there are a number of other reasons and people can also die from a simple virus or bacteria.

Mankind is getting much better at dealing with diseases caused by elements foreign to the human body. Similarly with nano technology, decoding of the gene and targeted medication, the ability to deal with a wide variety of medical challenges.  I am sure the day is not far when a pill can work my muscles out for me without me needing to do anything. Our study of biology has shown that immortality is not impossible. Progress has shown that we are increasingly capable of solving complex problems. Therefore, it is perhaps inevitable that we will indeed live forever someday.

Does this lead you to re-think your purpose here on earth?