To make as much money as possible we have to study alot in school and do well on tests so that we get a good résumé and a well-paying job. We need to invest our money wisely, buy low and sell high, and the perhaps most important thing is to waste the least amount of money possible, on things that do not give a good return on investment. There are books, businesses, schools, DVDs, music, television shows and a thousand other things that all have information on how to make money.
How bizarre is it then that the amount of information about how to live long is so dwarfed by the amount of information about how to make money? The scientific area of how to be healthy and live long is littered with myths and norms about what is good and what is bad, what makes us healthy and what makes us unhealthy, and what makes us live long lives and what makes us live short lives. Don’t get me wrong, the scientific area of how to make money is also subject of many myths and norms that are rarely questioned, but there is no myth that says it is inevitable that one becomes poor, there is however a myth that say death is inevitable. Therefore, we accept however long we will live with our current lifestyle, but we do not accept however much money we will make with our current lifestyle.
So, I have decided to give the secret to infinite money-making in the hopes that our blind chase for money will make us chase down practically infinite lifespans through technology. If you make a medicine or regiment of medicines that make someone live long enough for you to make another medicine or regiment of medicines that again boosts their life with enough time for your next medicine or treatment regiment to be finished, you can keep them alive indefinetly. Now, how is this a money-making machine you ask? Consider how much money you can make from someone that signs a contract that is legally binding for an infinite number of years, when your product is to keep them alive and healthy for an infinite number of years, so that they can work and pay for an infinite number of years. Every single piece of information will have an infinite amount of time in which it gives a return on investment, which by definition will be infinite. It also happens to be such that it is not an infinite number of cells in a human body so it is not an infinite amount of investment that is needed, at some point, inevitably, no more investment is needed to keep the customer healthy and alive. This is actually something that will happen relatively quickly, just consider the rate at which computer power doubles (every two years or so), which makes computational biology advance twice as fast every two years or so. Genetic research is largely computational and is a large part of life-extension research, other areas of life-extension research is also largely computational. Thus it is largely accepted in the life-extension field that in a houndred years or so the human lifespan will be so long that life-extension knowledge progress faster than the aging process, thus making people in practice, immortal (not bullet-proof or anything like that, just too healthy to die of any virus or illness). The trick is to make it happen soon enough for as many as possible to use the knowledge, soon enough for you that read this to live forever. Speeding up the time when we become practically immortal by a single year would mean you have saved millions of people that would otherwise have died. And death by “natural causes” is not pretty, its most often painfull, takes a long time, and often it involves stuff coming out at both ends and more often than not it is lonely. It is no coincidence that many people want to die before they actually die. But this is where we should use logic. I know I am scared of death because I know exactly how terrified I am of heights, even though my genes tell me not to worry about death by “Natural causes”. And logically I know I should asume I will be as scared of death by natural causes as I am of falling to my death from a great height. It is only my genes that make me feel like death many decades into the future is less of a threat than an immediate threat (like a lion entering the room, which makes us do whatever it takes to survive). We should use logic to tell ourselves to do whatever it takes to survive death by “natural causes”.
If we are half as intelligent as we like to say we are we will stop ignoring death by “natural causes” with the promise of eternal life in heaven, and instead put our money and time and effort into something with tangible bennefits (to use a money-making term).
I’d much rather want to be young, healthy and to live forever with a crappy job with a low paygrade than live for a centillion years with a trillion dollars in annual income. Because the difference between infinite and X is allways infinite. I hope you choose the first choice the next time you come across someone or something that wants to grant you only one wish. More importantly I hope you spend your money and time and effort in extending your life with proven methods, and that you do whatever you can to speed up the life-extension train, so that it gets here as quick as possible.