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If the cure for mortality is found within your lifetime, would you go for it and become immortal?

On the one hand, we're not made for eternal youth. And one could argue that knowing life is short (or just limited) is what makes it worth living. And perhaps death is a major spiritual part of life, whether you believe in a soul or in a metaphorical one.
On the other hand, how is aging yet not another disease? Dying at age 80 is no more a "natural" death than being eaten alive by a bear or killed by malaria. In fact, "old age" is probably the most unnatural cause of death, statistically. So all that's probably just a cultural habit : diseases are evil but aging is good. Another point is that, well, things have changed. Perhaps our new environment makes it suitable for immortal youths.
And of course, becoming immortal only means that you die when YOU chose to die.

So would you go for the injection or not, and how do you rationalize your decision?

Thanks!

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    Nov 8 2013: Gerald. In reality an injection of anything cannot make your body to last for more than 200 years.
    It simply is not in the DNA program.

    But the interesting thing is that your Soul, will travel to the Astral Field, where you can be as you want, creating anything
    and being as you would like to be.... Eventually, you will be tired of that, and will decide to go back to the Physical Realm or World, wher you will suffer and experience freedom and what you live today.

    So, it is a long way home, since you have to trascend such Physical, Astral, and Causal Worlds, to return to the Origin, The One, or God.

    Thanks for your theme.
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      Nov 9 2013: good , I agree with you
    • Nov 9 2013: There is no "DNA program that specifies aging. There are non-genetic factors associated with DNA that contribute to aging, but those factors such as oxidative damage and deleterious epigenomic alterations are environmental in origin, and they can, in theory, thus be reversed. A greater mystery is the degeneration of telomeres, but there is evidence that this may have either an environmental or protein basis, and either of those would, therefore, be amenable to being halted or even reversed. There is no automatic mortality imperative built into life. Instead, it seems there is a build-up over time of subcellular damage that the body cannot keep up with.

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