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Just in case this scientist's ideas are not completely ludicrous, I'd like to state my position regarding his claims:
I'm terrified! I read this quote somewhere (I totally agree with it):
"Death is life's best creation... It allows for the passing of the old and the coming of the new."
Maybe it's because I am only 25, but I have come to accept the idea that when I'm between 70 and 80 years old, I will pass away and leave the world to my Children (if I am blessed with a few). The only reason I'd like to live longer is to witness change or the completion of certain enterprises that I could not witness in the usual human life-span. For example, I would have loved to witness the colonization of the Mars, and the rise of a Middle East that is secular, liberal, properous and modern (if that ever happens).
But, will there be any change if I, and my generation, lived indefinitely? I know, for example, that the notion of Jumblatt, Berri, Aoun, Karami, Geagea, etc... living forever terrifies me. In a region where change of leadership comes only with death, the notion of indefinite human life, implies certain doom!
Finally, assuming that "a cure" for death by aging is found, will humanity "adapt" by utilizing other means to "change guards"? Will humans revert to murder as an acceptable means of bringing a new generation to the fore?