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Long for Life or Delight in Death?

Filed Under: Sexual Health at 9:11 am | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
GraveyardSince the first death, humans have longed for immortality. Legend, mythology, poetry, music and fiction are filled with beings who crave eternal life. It is the dream of many to eliminate or at least deter death. Aubrey de Grey, for example, works towards nothing but curing aging.  He believes that the future will hold . . .  mortals, yes, but mortals whose years stretch into the thousands – people who remain young, healthy and fit for centuries, never experiencing the woes that today’s elderly do. He foresees a world where wrinkles, paralyzing frailty and painful ends are nothing more than distant memories.  It is a lofty goal, a goal that if attainable would drastically change our lives, but is it a goal we should embrace? Is it worth becoming obsessed with?

You could base your opinion on outside scientists and their abilities or lack there of to disprove de Grey’s theories. Or you could think about what a life devoted to preventing an inevitability would be like. True, de Grey is an oddly happy man, but I hold that he is something of an anomaly. You, as a normal, everyday person, would likely become fixated on death, constantly aware of an impending doom. Dread would become your faithful companion, overshadowing positive thoughts and emotions. A black rain cloud would trail tirelessly behind you; your life would be miserable.

So instead, you should focus on remaining healthy.  Take the time, not to permanently stave off aging, but to make it as painless as possible. Remain active, eat nutritiously and monitor your body’s changes.  Bolster yourself physically and do so psychologically, as well. If you remain mentally healthy, you will also remain happy. People who have a fully functioning psychological immune system face death with a more positive attitude.  Their minds automatically take them to a happy place, and as they near the natural end, they do so more optimistically than reluctantly.

We will all die. There is no escaping it, and for now, there is no way to indefinitely delay it. The best method, then, for living and ending life is to do so naturally and healthily. You have the ability to make your senior years robust and full. Focus on that; focus on what you can do.

One Response to “Long for Life or Delight in Death?”

  1. Kevin Dewalt says:


    I cannot agree with you more on the need to take better care of ourselves. I’m very much of a nutritional/fitness nut myself and have been since college.

    I would take slight issue with your characterization of Aubrey’s approach as an alternative to living healthy. I’m both a volunteer and supporter of the Methuselah Foundation, the organization dedicated to reversing the damage of human aging.

    The unfortunate reality is that the best exercise, diet, supplements, etc. won’t be enough to stop the inevitable damage caused by metabolism in our body. The only reasonable option to figure out a way to clean up this damage if we want to greatly extend our healthy years.

    The technologies to do this are inevitable; eventually science will figure out how to reverse aging. It is up to us to determine whether or not it happens in the lifetime of our parents, ourselves, our children, or our children’s children.

    Personally, I’m not satisfied with letting 100,000 old people die every day from the damages of aging.

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