Friday, October 28, 2011

Why live forever? or The importance of Death

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Philosophy Message by Spiros Kakos [2011-10-28]: Research for immortality intensifies. Scientific teams which study the DNA of people who live long are constantly increasing. Χ Prize Foundation will give ten million dollars to the first team that will analyze the full DNA sequence of 100 centenarians [source: http://genomics.xprize.org/].
 
DSC00679But why live forever if we do not know how to live or why do you live at all? If breathing, eating, making sex and earning money is all there is, it is natural that we want to increase the duration of all those pleasures. But nature’s wisdom is greater than the thinking of petty scientism-lovers. And nature has its own plan for life, which incorporates death. The wise choice would be not to defy that plan, but to accept it, live it and try to understand it. If we think nature was wise to give us the good of life, why do we think that death – which was also given to us by nature – is something bad?
 
As Rilke said, “The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things”…

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