Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The Fountain of Youth - Let's all live forever

Something in the media this week tweaked my senses around the topic of "living forever".

First there was something I spotted on twitter about a mole holding the secret to living forever.

I thought they were talking about the little blind animals who live underground.

I was wrong, they were talking about moles on your skin. You know, like whats-her-face the super model and the Fred kid from The Wonder Years in the Austin Powers movie (moley, moley, moley, moley...mole).

Anyway, irrespective of my errors of interpretation, the real point was that there'd been some mdeical breakthrough in the area of eternal youth and living longer/forever.

Now I realise this ridiculous objective is being pursued by business rather than Government funded science, but it still strikes me as very irresponsible.

To me it seems like the goal of most medical science is to eliminate one disease or another...or them all...actually.

On top of that a whole other branch of "science" is looking for ways to stop our bodies from aging and wearing out.

So with humans now only dying from accidents the focus will move towards the things we create killing us less. Look at the evolution of motor vehicles and aircraft.

Humans quite like having sex. A lot of humans like unprotected sex. A lot of humans are also stupid, let's face it. A side effect of this is uncontrolled reproduction.

So now we are having more of us and none of us are dying.

Right now I want you to think about the ramifications of this.

I am guessing if you've got this far you already know where I am going with this, you aren't stupid and you aren't offended.

To be clear, what I am talking about may not be as dramatic as you assume.

I am talking about "moderation" and being "sensible". Uncommon human traits to be sure ;-)