Mortal or Immortal?

Death is inevitable to everyone from emperors to the citizens. Most ingenious scientists had tried different methods in search for the key to immortality and perpetual youth throughout our history. However, they were not able to bring up any successful cure to prevent aging and death. Therefore, aging is considered as the ultimate disease.

Now, here lies the real question. If you are given a choice, would you want to be mentally mortal or immortal?

Some people say they find that a normal human lifespan is not going to be enough to do all the things they wanted while the opponents of life extension say it is good that our lives are finite, that an infinite number of years would make their life meaningless and tedious. Immortality would bring boredom and stagnation.  However, the proponents of life extension argue that their life can be made interesting in several ways. They can work, save, and accumulate money for certain period of time, and the next moment, they could travel to different places and explore the world. Furthermore, they could learn all the incredible knowledge and experience the full range of human activities.

Some opponents argue the concept from a religious perspective. Human beings are not meant to be immortal as immortality is associated with god. Moreover, their god would be tired and bored of answering their prayers. They say immortality in this present life would avert their soul from achieving immortality in their next generation. Do you really think immortality would be rewarded in the afterlife?

Proponents say that if they live forever, they get the opportunity to see their great, great grandchildren. On the other hand, it can result into overpopulation which can result into ultimate cause of poverty. The universe would become like a real hell.  Also, they have to undergo the pain of seeing their loved ones die in front of their eyes. As a person grows older, they would be burden to themselves as well to the society. They would not be able to adjust with many new changes of the world.

From my personal opinions, I don’t believe eternality. Life and death is being determined by the divine gods. Immortality has been a dream of many people, but its existence was never proven. What do you think of eternity? Would you like to be immortal? Do you think in the near future, people will come up with the resolution to be immortal?

Response to “In pursuit of Immortality: The science behind life extension”

According to the article “In Pursuit of Immortality: The science behind life extension” written by Kristie McNealy M.D, scientists are now about to accomplish an anti-aging pills for people. He says that the rate of medical and scientific advances are increasing every time resulting in development of medications and technology that increases human’s life span; therefore he infers that there is some possibilities for life extension experts to become successful by 2019. In his article, he also mentioned about some of the most promising approaches in life extension science such as chemical life extension, chemical substance like resveratrol and rapamycin used to extend life expectancy, therapeutic cloning and stem cells, creation of new stem cells that have ability to turn into any type of cell in the human body, nanotechnology, creation of molecular robots that will carry new chromosomes into human cells replacing the old existing chromosomes with new copies, caloric restriction, which involves severely reduced diet but still taking the right amount of vitamins and minerals required by our body, and cryonics or cryogenics, the process of preserving human’s dead body after death for future use. He also mentioned that although all the above mentioned approaches has somewhat succeeded during laboratory experiment, there are still some obstacles that stops scientists to fully proof that human life span can be increased. He concluded by saying that there are many opponents of life extension especially from religious or philosophical perspectives.

To be candid, I am one of the opponents of life extension. I really appreciate scientist’s hard work and their new discoveries. In fact, it’s really amazing and astonishing to know about their output. However, I personally think that it’s not good to extend human’s life span. It subside the value of life. People will start to lose fear for death and their faith in religion will be eroded. I am not being pessimist. Of course, we would love to live as long as possible. After all, this is the only life we get to experience. However, don’t be short sighted, think about long term; think about the consequences and results. Billions and billions of money are spent in research or experiment. Moreover, it will result into densely populated world. Rich people will have longer life compare to the poor people as the poor people cannot afford to buy the anti-aging pills. Then the problems regarding environment pollution, poverty, and religion will evoke rapidly. I believe that everything up to limit is good. Nature looks beautiful as it is. Therefore human’s life will be valuable and precious if we keep it as it is at present. Let’s not make everything artificial.