LIVE TO 100
Can’t live forever if you don’t reach 100. But reach 100 and you might — just might — be alive for when we’ve all learnt enough and dreamt enough and created enough, each of which we affix to our bodies and minds, enabling us to live possibly to age 500.
Reminder: at any moment you can speak with someone on the opposite side of the world.
The fantastical is made real at an accelerating rate. Yawn.
Too much information? Start here: Lose the belly fat. Exercise regularly. Consume greens and healthy fats. Consider a fast day every week, fortnight or month.
LIVE TO 500
Many of us won’t make it, but I suspect that those who do reach 500 won’t simply be “test tube babies.” In fact, they will come from artificial insemination of artificial gametes.
These artificial gametes will no doubt be pre-programmed for maximum lifespan.
Scientists are trying to manufacture eggs and sperm in the laboratory.
Progress toward making “artificial gametes” has been accelerating. In Japan, mice were born from eggs scientists had manufactured in a dish from a tail cell. Chinese scientists later claimed they had determined the exact sequence of molecular signals required to make mouse sperm. So far, the exact biochemical formula for prompting a stem cell to mature into functional human eggs or sperm remains out of reach.
You hear the tragic tales of children dying, of a woman — perhaps even in America, perhaps even in the (early) 20th century — giving birth to 9 children, 3 of them dead before the age of 5.
But what of when we live to 500?
Can we remember each our children, those living, those dead, when we are 64 x 10?
The average age of a father of a newborn in the United States increased from 27.4 years old to 30.9 years old between 1972 and 2015, found Stanford University School of Medicine researchers led by Dr. Michael Eisenberg.
Men who want to become fathers might want to think about the implications of their choices, Eisenberg suggests. “There is data that a man’s fertility declines with age,” Eisenberg, an assistant professor of urology, wrote in an email. “As such, it may make sense to not wait too long as it may be more difficult to conceive. In addition, there are some potential risks to children.”
We will have to change this.
At age 247, some men will want a baby.
But if they recklessly chose not to freeze their sperm before turning 125? What then? Assuming artificial gametes aren’t reality, or if the man wants the child created from his long-ago self, say when he was no more than 60?
Probably society will exert tremendous pressure on men to ensure they can ‘have’ children at any age, any stage of life, sort of like how women today must think about their appearance whenever they go out.
Views on life and death, and the creation of life and the taking of death, are on the cusp of profound change.
Esther, chapter 9: “Thus the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, and destruction, and did what they would unto those that hated them.”
But what happens when we humans can bring the slain humans back to life?
Or when human life extends into the hundreds of years?
Always remember: we will not achieve radically long lifespan in isolation. The hard parts, the messy bits, these won’t be about the drugs and supplements and prosthetics and electronics we weave into our flesh. It will be everything else.