I don’t believe in dying.
Not in a delusional kind of way that refuses to acknowledge death happens, but in the way where I think the saying “death is just a natural part of life” is stupid.
It would probably be better said, “I believe in life.”
And death is literally the opposite of life.
Simple experience is a very base way of evaluating truth.
Saying we must die is like saying we must stay on the ground.
After all, things that go up in the air fall down. Things that go in the water sink. That’s just the natural way…
But that’s because someone was willing to dream, to ask questions, to go against the flow and be thought of as crazy, to try and fail, and keep on trying…
But even after new information, new techniques, new technology is available, it still takes years for it to become “normal” in the mainstream.
What if the slow adoption of new things is partly because it just takes time for something to grow in the subconscious after the seed is planted?
What if one of the biggest obstacles to living a long, healthy life is not believing it’s really possible… or natural… or even morally right?
3 Categories to Consider for Lengthening Your Life
While many people still think the notion of living forever is preposterous, science would beg to differ.
As Michio Kaku says: “Aging is the buildup of error. That’s all aging is. The build-up of genetic and cellular error. As cells begin to age, they begin to get sluggish, because genetic mistakes start to build up. Now cells, however, have a repair mechanism. They can repair damage to their cells,
Our bodies really are wired for health and longevity.
So why do some people’s systems either build up the errors slower
Science has shown that our bodies are hugely affected by our beliefs with, some say, up to 98% of disease supposedly rooted in our minds, essentially.
With this premise, clearly it’s important to train our minds to think and believe health.
Conscious beliefs can be complicated enough, but add in the subconscious mind which is only starting to be more commonly understood, and it can feel like quite a daunting soup to sort out.
You can find some information about how to determine what you really believe and actually change it here in the Epoch Library.
Although more people are starting to recognize the importance of belief, I’m guessing the majority will first need to see the natural reversal of aging through physical means before they’re able to make much room for it in their subconscious.
Diet & Lifestyle
One of the first things you run across when researching longevity is the apparent affect diet has.
Theoretical physicist, futurist, and author Michio Kaku, talking about increasing longevity
You could be surprised by the results, but if any type of fasting sounds worse than death to you, another beneficial option could be a plant-based diet.
In How Not To Die: The Role of Diet in Preventing, Arresting, and Reversing Our Top 15 Killers, Dr. Michael Gerger gives very compelling evidence of how big an effect a plant-based diet has on our health
Beyond just improving our odds of staying alive, a plant-based diet also tends to increase
In the video, he shares that, of lifestyle interventions including exercise, plant-based diets are shown to be the most effective in improving depression, anxiety, fatigue, emotional well-being, daily functioning because of emotional health, and more
Those who subscribe to a plant-based diet are about half as likely to have depression as meat-eaters, for example
If you just want to take a more informed route in your eating in general, you might find this resource we created useful. It’s a huge at-a-glance PDF chart of common foods ranked against each other for things like nutrient balance, glycemic load, and inflammation factor, along with which foods fit popular eating styles, and more.
The best advancements are happening when different disciplines come together with their expertise and viewpoints – engineers, scientists, biologists, clinicians… The future is without doubt of a more collaborative mindset.
These advancements are making it possible to create exact models to brainstorm and practice on before surgery, and test drugs and other things like cosmetics directly on human tissue instead of animals (which greatly decreases the time it takes to get them safely to market).
This video shares interesting detail about some of the possibilities available already.
Perhaps the most exciting development is
Researchers were able to reverse wrinkles, gray hair, and balding in mice by turning off a genetic mutation.
This discovery augments other reversal progress, like the harnessing of NAD+, which caused older mice to be indistinguishable from the younger mice in the study.
If you’re a
There are plenty of other advancements and increased understanding, which I imagine will only continue to grow, but the world still needs to get ready.
Mindsets that Will Need to Change to Make Room for Longer Life
Old = Bad Health
The first issue that comes to many people’s minds in relation to increased longevity is the thought of more years living with declined health, which sounds worse than a death sentence to some.
In a futuristic perspective of longevity, however, the goal isn’t to simply extend life, but rather to prolong health and youthfulness. That is the real intent.
It’s not my problem.
When you don’t expect to be around that long it’s easy to pass the buck off – oh well, I won’t be here by the time XYZ is critical.
More of us need to start taking more responsibility for the kind of future we are bilding.
Death is important to make room for new life and ideas.
The only thing that’s needed to make room for new life and ideas is openness and adaptability.
Thus, really the only thing that “needs” to die is pride.
Dying is commanded by God/inevitable/the way to heaven.
There are several verses that come to mind from growing up Christian that would have used to make me question whether long life was really
- “It is appointed for man to die once…”
- “…his days shall be one hundred and twenty years” and Psalm 90:10 (living to 70 or 80) discussed here and here with varying interpretations
- “though our outer man is decaying” followed by “for the things which are seen are temporal but the things which are not seen are eternal” (from 2 Corinthians 4:16 and 18 – potentially largely experiential)
- “and to dust you shall return” (part of the curse in Genesis 3)
- “to die is gain” (Paul feeling conflicted about staying around in Philippians 1:21
going to hang out with Christ, implying a choice) vs
- “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his Godly ones.” (from Psalm 116:15, better interpreted “costly”)
However, there are also many verses that talk about being blessed with long life, even referencing a time when living to 100 will be considered young, not to mention at least one person we know of skipping death altogether (Enoch).
2 Timothy 1:10 says Christ Jesus “abolished death and brought life and immortality to light”…
1 Corinthians 15:26 refers to death as an enemy, and Hebrews 2:14 says that the one who had the power of death was the devil…
Followers of God should not consider death as something to be revered, desired, or embraced.
Longevity Escape Velocity is Near
“Life expectancy increases slightly every year as treatment strategies and technologies improve. At present, more than one year of research is required for each additional year of expected life. Longevity escape velocity occurs when this ratio reverses, so that life expectancy increases faster than one year per one year of research, as long as that rate of advance is sustainable.” [source]
Humanity needs to begin looking at life with a longer perspective, because one way or another, death is getting the boot.