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Life Is Short. That’s the Point.

By: dayan (M) |Time : August 20, 2018, 06:45:51 PM
Our mortality is not something to be overcome. It is integral to our humanity.

Consider this fact of modern life: Nearly all of the technological products that we buy and use are designed with planned obsolescence in mind. They are built specifically to fail after a relatively short period — one year, two, maybe five. If you doubt that, think about how often you have to replace your smartphone. Gadgets are designed to die.

The irony, however, is that the same Silicon Valley culture that produces these gadgets seems to be obsessed with living forever.

Today’s “life extension” movement includes venture capitalists like the tech billionaire Peter Thiel pouring money into anti-aging and life extension start-ups. (While the rumor that Mr. Thiel receives regular blood transfusions from 18-year olds turned out to be false, there is, of course, an actual company — Ambrosia Plasma — that provides young plasma infusions for $8,000 a liter.) And Google launched the biotech company Calico to increase its “understanding of the biology that controls lifespan,” and bolstered that goal by conducting research on the long-living naked mole rat, a species that shows little to no signs of aging.

In recent years, the lure of disrupting death has become a hot industry. Paul Bennett, a partner at the design consultancy IDEO, was among the first to tap into it. A profile in The California Sunday Magazine in 2015 described an epiphany he had: “ ‘Oh,’ he told himself. ‘You need to redesign death.’ ” Since then, an entire new market has flourished. Death as a conduit for innovation. Death as a participatory exhibition. Death as the organizing principle for networking dinners. Death as an app.

There are now people who refer to themselves as “longevity entrepreneurs,” who see death not as a problem but rather as something to be eliminated. Instead of pursuing a good death, why die at all? Beneath the surface of this quest for eternal life seems to be an unwillingness on the part of its proponents to imagine the world without themselves in it.

In a very fundamental way, this tendency is inhuman.

In her new book, “Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer,” Barbara Ehrenreich writes: “You can think of death bitterly or with resignation, as a tragic interruption of your life, and take every possible measure to postpone it. Or, more realistically, you can think of life as an interruption of an eternity of personal nonexistence, and seize it as a brief opportunity to observe and interact with the living, ever-surprising world around us.”

I was taken by Ms. Ehrenreich’s formulation, this notion that our experience of life, though unique to us, is just part of a broader continuum. Our time here is but a blip, and when we leave, the great world continues to spin. As such, the appreciation of our own lives has much to do with the ever-increasing awareness of its relative brevity. It is this — an awareness and acceptance of our own mortality — that makes us human. And it is the impetus, I’d argue, for living our lives to the fullest.

There was a brief period in my own life — less than two years — in which I got married, lost my mother to cancer, had a miscarriage, bought a house and gave birth to a child. Experiencing all this in so short a time span made me feel almost too human. That barrage of ends and beginnings left me intensely aware of the fragility of life as well as enthralled by the glorious intensity of it: I lost and simultaneously gained so much. Today this awareness of the temporal nature of it all leaves me determined to seize, observe and interact with the days that remain. It is the knowledge of how quickly, sometimes tragically, things can change or disappear that fuels my urgency to be in the present.

As a teenager I remember lamenting how horrible and unfair life was, only to have my parents respond that one couldn’t appreciate the good without experiencing the bad. Back then, hearing that was annoying; as an adult, it remains annoying, but it is also completely true.

It is rare for us to give much thought to the challenges we would face if there were no end to our time on earth. Would the condition of our bodies affect the condition of our minds? Would everyone live forever, or just those with the means to afford it? Could you opt out of eternal life? Would inequality dissolve, or would it become even more of an intractable problem? Would we still gain the empathy, wisdom and insight that can come with age?

Technological breakthroughs can be life-changing. But I believe that our humanity — our humanness — is inextricably intertwined with the fact of our mortality. And no scientific fountain of youth can ever cause that to change.

Allison Arieff is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, focusing on design and architecture.

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Re: Life Is Short. That’s the Point.

By: dayan (M) |Time : August 20, 2018, 06:46:43 PM
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Re: Life Is Short. That’s the Point.

By: dayan (M) |Time : August 20, 2018, 06:48:28 PM
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In recent years, the lure of disrupting death has become a hot industry. Paul Bennett, a partner at the design consultancy IDEO, was among the first to tap into it. A profile in The California Sunday Magazine in 2015 described an epiphany he had: “ ‘Oh,’ he told himself. ‘You need to redesign death.’ ” Since then, an entire new market has flourished. Death as a conduit for innovation. Death as a participatory exhibition. Death as the organizing principle for networking dinners. Death as an app.

I'm really [email protected] "Death as an app".  ;D ;D

Re: Life Is Short. That’s the Point.

By: dayan (M) |Time : August 20, 2018, 07:00:16 PM
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There are now people who refer to themselves as “longevity entrepreneurs,” who see death not as a problem but rather as something to be eliminated. Instead of pursuing a good death, why die at all? Beneath the surface of this quest for eternal life seems to be an unwillingness on the part of its proponents to imagine the world without themselves in it.

In a very fundamental way, this tendency is inhuman.

I tend to agree. Totally.
The "inhuman" meant here is "non-human". But the normal "inhuman" semantic is still acceptable in this qualification because it injures the fundamentals of who we are as humans.

Imagine how differently people would conduct themselves if they could extend their lives as they want, or if they could attain immortality?

Suddenly, people who already see themselves as gods on this earth would simply go berserk and be totally unchained. They would let loose on some of their worst tendencies knowing that they don't have to face an afterlife.

It is bad enough that, even in our unquestioned mortality, some people carry on as if they are immortal.

The creator of this "realm" already envisaged what humans would be like and thought it wise to check them with death.

Sometimes I think that people who are obsessed with dying and death are people who do not devote enough thought and time to how they treat or relate to their fellow human beings. If one is focused on the right things in this world (like loving one's neighbour and loving the maker of all things), one wouldn't even find enough time to think about death.

Re: Life Is Short. That’s the Point.

By: Ramjoe (M) |Time : August 21, 2018, 02:38:24 AM
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Barbara Ehrenreich writes: “You can think of death bitterly or with resignation, as a tragic interruption of your life, and take every possible measure to postpone it. Or, more realistically, you can think of life as an interruption of an eternity of personal nonexistence, ”  and seize it as a brief opportunity to observe and interact with the living, ever-surprising world around us.

I was taken by Ms. Ehrenreich’s formulation, this notion that our experience of life, though unique to us, is just part of a broader continuum. Our time here is but a blip, and when we leave, the great world continues to spin. As such, the appreciation of our own lives has much to do with the ever-increasing awareness of its relative brevity. It is this — an awareness and acceptance of our own mortality — that makes us human. And it is the impetus, I’d argue, for living our lives to the fullest.



Life is short, life is long, life is good, life is bad, why does it matter?

We are here, and just like Alicia Keys' song "We are here" -  we are here for all of us. That's what matters. Be it long or short, we have life and we gotta live it. Now, wouldn't it be an injustice, won't we be ingrates if we fail to lead these lives bestowed on us wisely instead of carrying the weight of enmity against death as if the life's "ours" to hold on to.

Don't even try to hold onto it, you cannot have this life forever. What's essential is how well you transform your potentials to create meaningful existence, how you manage your time (life) to maximize the opportunities you've got, how much impact you make on people around you. Don't be like that snake that strolls across the rock that leaves no trace. Steve Jobs said, "We are in the universe to leave a dent in it". Stand up and be there for your friends and family, help that old chap across the road, encourage the depressed at work, promote peace in your neighborhood, appreciate the differences in people, enjoy the aesthetic nature, revel in man-made things, be grateful for the help you get from others, love and be loved. That's living. When you "live" today, there's a sense of longing for tomorrow because you will be happy going to sleep at night. It's a cycle, it continues... Do not be fooled, it may be crazy sometimes, life may throw bricks at you. Don't be discouraged, instead make a mansion of them or a wall at least.

Do not let the thought of immortality you may never have rob you of the life you have.

Re: Life Is Short. That’s the Point.

By: alagbe003 (M) |Time : August 21, 2018, 09:25:29 AM
This article is so beautifully written that we thought it good enough to be LOGGED here.
revealed the deep thought of every human.

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