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February 16 , 2010

Live Forever or Die Trying


"For thousands of years, people have wondered why they must die. As much as they try to avoid it, the Grim Reaper always prevails. Religions of all types throughout history have tried to soothe the existential dread of nonexistence by preaching that a future of eternal happiness in a sublime ethereal place will be available after death to all of those who have lived according to the rules and regulations of that particular faith. Even today that dubious proposition prevails in a majority of homes around the world. Live your life, obey God’s will and you will be rewarded with eternal bliss. But that unproven command to live for God is insufficient. People cry out for coherent answers to profound questions of human existence but hear nothing in return. They don’t want to become maggot food for the ecosystem, instead they seek alternatives. In this book, Thomas Mooney explores the genesis of their discontent, the long- suppressed desire to seek alternatives to death and the modern-day scientific undertakings that are extending our lives and hold out the possibility that indefinite life extension may become a reality for all of us before we become confined in a box six feet below the surface of the Earth surrounded by worms and other voracious denizens of the underground. In this elegant work, Tom Mooney traces the history of mankind’s quest for immortality from Gilgamesh over 6,000 years ago to the present day. He speaks eloquently about the insidious role that religion has played in attempting to thwart efforts to extend our lives, a practice that continues up to the present day. Mooney makes a clarion call for as many people as possible to become involved in a “war on aging.” He perceives indefinite life extension as an achievable goal that can transform what it means to be a human being. The opportunity to live indefinitely is within our grasp, but we need the social, scientific, and political will to make it a national priority. Some may scoff or ridicule the idea of life extension, but those modern-day Luddites who are afraid of progress should take their presumptuous arguments about the benefits of dying to be dumped in the trash bin of history which is quickly catching up to them anyway!"
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