Imagine if science were so advanced that the aging process of the body could be halted and humans would therefore no longer have to die of old age. Would we be immortal? No, we wouldn’t!
After all, we humans could still die, not from old age, but from disease, accidents, and at the hands of other people. So, what would happen? People would guard their fragile immortality like the apple of their eye.
Fearing that something outside might fall on our heads or that we might catch a deadly germ or virus, we would distance ourselves from other people and stay at home as much as possible. The danger of losing one’s immortality would just be too great. People would avoid each other out of constant fear.
Through the unprecedented medical developments of the last decades, humankind has succeeded in pushing the average life expectancy to unimagined heights. The older a person becomes, the more he or she is aware of his or her natural mortality. We have managed to postpone our last breath as never before. But we have still neglected to reflect on our inevitable mortality.
Full of fear, we stay at home defending our desire for immortality.
In the struggle for immortality, we risk losing the qualities of life.
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(Translation: William Wires)