Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Article: Reflections on immortality

Reflections on immortality

When we are young, we don’t think much about when our lives will end. We only know that we’d like to die in a fitting way, and hopefully far in the future. However, as we experience accidents, injuries, diseases, or simply experience how it is to get older, the concept of our own mortality becomes a shadow that we don’t like to see.
After all, medical science still hasn’t discovered the secret of immortality, and to be honest, I don’t think that current human society isn’t ready to handle the consequences of people living forever. And since I don’t think I’ll be having children any time soon for personal reasons, I do have a stake in finding out how I can “live past my death.” What would I have to do to be remembered by the future generations, without having the benefit of children?

I’ve recently lost quite a few college batch mates to Mr. Death, and it has given me much to think about, particularly about how I would like to be remembered. It’s a very uncomfortable thing, knowing that you will one day be dead and stuck in the ground (or, in my case, be a few pounds of ashes in a jar, as per my current will). Here are some ideas on how to become immortal; you won’t be alive, that’s true, but the idea here is that your name and reputation should live on.

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