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Why do you want to extend your life?

Why do you want to extend your life?
Why do you want to extend your life?

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 Posted 6/19/2014 10:15:13 AM
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Since many of us who are active on this site want to live longer, what are your reasons? If none of the above, tell us!

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 Posted 6/19/2014 11:46:18 AM
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Questions 1,2, and 3 are related by the idea of life being purposeful, meaningful, and of value; your own life to yourself, that in which you take interest, or your life to those you choose to love. To which I say yes, yes, and yes.

But I would add that I'm also motivated by the idea that life-extension is part of a cause greater than just me and mine. It's part of a multi-thousand-year effort to rise above mere temporary survival and to hope for a better world where human life is valued to its utmost, a desire to be part of a recognition of all the strivings of curiosity and discovery of those that lived and died before us, even a spiritual legacy.

So you might say I'm seeking life extension as a cause in itself, no different than aligning oneself with other causes to fulfill being part of something more grand than one's own relatively obscure existence. Life extension holds the possibility to disrupt all sorts things holding back human potential worldwide. Fighting poverty or disease or injustice motivates activists everywhere. I see life extension as a means to alleviate all of these. It's a necessary step to a peaceful and productive world and expanding the destiny of humanity. Interstellar space travel, flying cars, world peace, colonizing mars, ending disease, ending tyranny. . . you name it, it's going to take long-lived humans with broader time spans than that of quarterly profit reports to accomplish such things.


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Great answer, Kelton.

Life Extension appears inevitable to me, as a natural part of human development or an innate drive.

All the we hold as the ultimate good: healing the sick, feeding the hungry, researching a cure for diseases, performing CPR as a bystander, building hospitals, etc., is extending life, so philosophically life extension is, in my opinion, good.  The simultaenous drive to leave the planet will facilitate the increase in population that LE might result in, despite the fact people in developed countries are having fewer and fewer children.


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My goal is to live as healthy as possible until the end. If I gain a few years because of this, so be it. Ben Franklin's quote, "Of two things you can be certain, death and taxes." will be accurate for the foreseeable future.
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 Posted 6/19/2014 8:57:01 PM
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To me the definition of life extension is not just lving immortal forever.  Life extension to me means living one's natural, mortal human existence for as long as that may be in the utmost disease-free healthy state as possible unil the moment one transends to the next existance (dies). The ultimate life extension success story is someone who is healthy and strong and vibrant and alive up until the very last second. 

I was told that wild horses are very dumb creatures. They run around with reckless abandon and care-free. When it's time to die they just fall over and die. To me that's not dumb, but how it should be for every living creature -- even humans.

Some animals on the other hand are very smart though.  I think bears for example know when they're about to die and prepare themselves for death. Quite amazing actually. How such animals know that they're about to die alludes science.

Anyway, I don't want to live forever as a mortal human or humanoid, or whatever. I believe our mortal life is only part of our journey. 

We are spiritual beings having a human experience. 

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I still have a lot of things I want to do so need more time.

However long people live they will all come down to the last day.




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Tom,  I once lived and worked among Navajo Indians. Some Navajo friends informed me of a traditional practice, something that ceased being practiced not too long ago: when someone felt like it was their time to die, they could choose to gather friends and family for a "good-bye party". The person would give blessings and advice and pass on last words of advice and consolations, say their last words and other rituals, and depart on a long walk, literally off into the sunset, back into nature, never to be seen again.  Sending people off on long walks to starve to death and/or get eaten by wolves and vultures sounds like utter inhumane cruelty by modern standards, but there's also a certain bit of dignity to it all that all our modernness seems to not even address.
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By the way, I voted #3 "There are things I need to do or complete" with the additional explanation in my previous post.



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To me, life extension is breaking the biologically programmed age barrier of 122 years for women and 115 years for men. Health extension is improving your heath to raise the average life span closer to the genetically programmed age barrier. If life extensionists would take this approach to the definition they would encounter much less resistance and greater cooperation.
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Tom,  I once lived and worked among Navajo Indians. Some Navajo friends informed me of a traditional practice, something that ceased being practiced not too long ago: when someone felt like it was their time to die, they could choose to gather friends and family for a "good-bye party". The person would give blessings and advice and pass on last words of advice and consolations, say their last words and other rituals, and depart on a long walk, literally off into the sunset, back into nature, never to be seen again.  Sending people off on long walks to starve to death and/or get eaten by wolves and vultures sounds like utter inhumane cruelty by modern standards, but there's also a certain bit of dignity to it all that all our modernness seems to not even address.

By the way, I voted #3 "There are things I need to do or complete" with the additional explanation in my previous post.


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perhaps their tradition stems from fear.. fear of watching their loved one die, fear of not knowinfg what to do with the remains.. etc.. My mom had a very nice, Japanese oncologist who told me that Japanese tradition is to leave the loved one on life support regardless if theyre in pain, suffering or in a vegetative state. They just don't believe in pulling the plug so they can die peacefully.  I think that tradition also stems from fear..

-Tom

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Kelton, would the Navajo tradition make sense when one considers survival of the tribe vs the individual?  Old people could be perceived as a burden.
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