Thankfully the culprit isn’t so metaphysical, but rather something we can (and must) put a stop to – aging! Most of the celebrities that have died this year were due to age-related illnesses, whether it was Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, etc. Which only comes to show: it doesn’t matter how rich or how poor you might be, aging affects us all.
“Some believe what separates men from animals is our ability to reason. Others say it’s language or romantic love, or opposable thumbs. Living here in this lost world, I’ve come to believe it is more than our biology. What truly makes us human is our unending search, our abiding desire for immortality.”
– Arthur Conan Doyle
Thus raising multiple questions: what can we do about it? Isn’t aging a natural way of life? And what about overpopulation? In terms of overpopulation, I’ll let biomedical gerontologist Aubrey de Grey answer that one in the video provided below (at 2:18). As for the question regarding its natural existence, all I can say is that we need to move past the erroneous notion that “natural = good.” Cancer is natural; hurricanes and floods are natural; tiny pests that burrow into your eyes are natural. And yet I’m fairly certain that most of us would argue that these natural things must go.
Professional gerontologists today predict that in the next few decades we’ll witness a cure to forced aging. But to achieve this, these researchers need your help. Whatever little amount you can provide, it’ll go a long way to ensuring a future of indefinite life extension – an end to years like the year 2016.