Immortality

“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” – Bruce Lee

People have been fascinated with immortality throughout history. Our understanding that we will eventually die, sets us apart from other animals. The prospect that our existence maybe finite, and that the party of life will continue without us, is a frightening one for many people. Most religions have the concept of an afterlife, where your actions in this life have some impact on your prosperity and wellbeing in the next. In fact, it could be argued that this idea is a fundamental part of all religion. Without the concept of an afterlife, what is the reason for living? If life just ends and you end up being food for worms, what was the point?

As with my other starting points, I’m going to use another exercise.


Exercise

Embrace Absurdity

“Absurdity is at the heart of some of the most creative ideas of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Lewis Carrol and Edward Lear used absurdity in storytelling; the Marx Brothers, Spike Milligan and Monty Python exploited it as a source of comedy; Samuel Beckett used it for drama; Elsa Schiaparelli in fashion design; Frank Zappa for music; and the Dadaists and Surrealists used it to make art.”

In the spirit of embracing absurdity. Here is a video I made of me in my pyjamas playing Fall Out Boy – Immortals on ukulele while being shot with a Nerf gun.


Types Of Immortality

“Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – Greek Proverb

Living forever by cheating death is just one form of immortality. However, for me personally, this is the most nightmarish possibility. Imagine attending a great party but then being told you can never leave. On the other hand, life extension through medical and technological advancements, is a welcome prospect for anyone. Being able to extend your life can only be a good thing right? Well maybe, we have to ask the question of who will have access to this technology? Poor people wouldn’t be able to afford it, it’s likely only the rich will be able to take advantage of it. Our society is already extremely unequal in terms of wealth distribution. How will the rich living considerable longer than the poorest affect our societies?

I much prefer the idea of living on in the memories of the people still living. I think this is a beautiful kind of immortality.

Phase Two: The Questions