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The Last Generations: An Essay On Immortality & Evolution by Sarah Ikerd - Essay

Updated: Apr 28, 2022

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The Last Generations:

An Essay On Immortality & Evolution by Sarah Ikerd

~ Food for thought with a dash of humor ~

Somehow the fish that crawled out of the ocean made a decision and developed legs. The desire and impetus were there to make a necessary change, and it was a success.

Choosing to evolve can be viewed as always a success.

What about the curious creatures in nature who seem to have evolved away from biological death and instead, developed ways to prolong life by regeneration?

Could this be next for humans just as a matter of course and necessity? Each generation that biologically passes on, something is lost and has to be taught again, and then re-learned in a new way. This kind of evolution is rather slow, and there’s enough recorded history now to be able to see this.

Yuval Noah Harari, although his outlook is rather dark, uttered a monumental phrase for the current age: “Death is optional.” This very well could be the last generation of humans who consider death to be an inevitable, inescapable fact. That would free up a lot of energy to relax and enjoy our growth, wouldn’t it? We’ve seen a marvelous wave of mind-expanding scientific innovations in recent times, especially spurred by the inward-looking experience of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Not only can promising physical technologies prolong and regenerate life, but the spiritual technology of conscious belief is also equally powerful. This includes the power of considering and wrapping one’s mind around possibilities one was unaware of before.

This is not irreligious — the continuation of biological life is an expression of a benevolent universe, as Einstein referred to it. This is a place of life and growth. If one wants to die, so be it. That’s the way things have been, but there could also be a group of people who decide not to.

The issue of not being enough room on this planet could be rendered null by the next chapter of aerospace innovation with developments in deep space propulsion and the possibilities of active exploration and colonizing of other planets. Having the space for expansion and adaptation are just challenges for humans to overcome.

We have an infinite universe to populate. And these projects are a whole lot easier with more continuity – that is, longer life spans. There’s much to be excited about here, our evlolution on planet earth. Of course, this is my personal view.

Both innovations in biotech and aerospace are extremely supportive of longer life spans, respectively making moves towards noninvasive medicine and biological enhancements, and space travel.

Again and obviously, not everyone is going to want this. However many will probably come around given the rate of technological advancement, and how its existence expands our minds.