you really want to live forever?
Why can't we live forever? It is not possible. It will never be
possible. Even without accidents: we are getting older, every minute of
our lives. Death is just around the corner...
There is only one way to physical immortality. Not individual
immortality (we know what the way of all flesh is and sometimes certain
events remind us of this fact too well) but immortality of the genes
that formed us into what we are... We personally will never see the
23rd century, but some of our descendants will. In fact, only genes are
immortal, flowing from an unknown past, combining themselves and
creating new individuals with the goal of creating a new generation to
bear the genes into the future... There is a purpose to this, and we
all play a small part in it, no matter under what conditions we live.
Consider slavery in America as an example: Yes, it was bad and immoral,
but in the long-term perspective, it was the best thing to have
happened to the genes from Africa. Africa is now suffering from so many
problems: AIDS, hunger, wars, disease. In the times of slavery, genes
from the whole of Africa went to a new country, where they could
combine with new genes. If they had remained in Africa, the chance
would not have existed and the genes would have only combined with
those of close relatives, which would have created nothing new, just as
in the case of the Native Americans.
Did you know that all Native Americans are, in fact, descendants
of only seven people, the original small group who crossed the Bering
Strait from Asia to America? This was found by scientists who recently
made genetic maps of the world. All Native Americans from Alaska to
Argentina are close relatives. So, from the genetic viewpoint, it was
good that people bearing genes from Europe, Africa and Asia started
arriving. What I suggest is not racism, it could be the reverse:
If people from Africa or America had achieved higher levels of
civilisation and colonised other continents before the Europeans,
everybody today would be able to speak Navaho or Swahili... But, from
the genetic viewpoint, this is not important, as long as the genes
continue to be passed on. Civilisations come and go. Life itself is
important, life must go on.
This is what I like about the U.S. today: people move freely from state
to state, so that their genes can create new combinations. The more
diverse mankind is, the better chance of survival in the future. Europe
is not so ideal – because of language barriers. In France, people speak
French, in Portugal, Portuguese, in Denmark, Danish... and if you do
not speak the local language, you can not get a really good job. That
is why Europeans tend to stay in their mother countries, although they
are legally allowed to live in any other country. Only five out of
about 360 million Europeans live and work in a country other than the
one in which they were born. But, hopefully, this will change within a
After some time, there will only be one language spoken in the world
(if this civilisation continues the way it now is) – it is a reality
that local languages are dying out. It does not matter which language
dominates. Right now, English seems to be winning, but it might be
Spanish or French.. It could even be Arabic, but this is not the trend
today. The Russian language is also not a hot topic..
In my opinion, this civilisation is a great chance for all people
around the globe. It enables the co-existence of different cultural
streams and their blending. Under any other system this cooperation,
information sharing and tolerance would not be possible. Yes, there are
problems, but it is unbelievable how small these problems really are.
The world is a global village and there are billions of people living
more or less peacefully in it.
Mankind is already currently like one gigantic organism, and this will
be even more obvious in future. There are still imperfections: war
here, hunger there, hatred in another place.. But this is all
temporary. Progress moves very fast, and it is wonderful that already 6
billion people live on this planet. With better political and economic
systems, even more people could be living here. (And there is the
Universe all around us, with its infinite number of stars and planets.
One day mankind will reach the stars.) Progress is inevitable. People
vote for it. Millions of people try hard to move to the USA, the EU and
other developed regions. It is their free choice to leave their native
lands and to relocate. So it is obvious what people want. This is the
mainstream of civilisation and no lonely fanatics can do anything about
Perhaps the USA will be the one country to spread, absorbing Canada and
Mexico in the first wave, then the rest of the world. The process will
probably be called a "free market zone" which would include an
increasing number of states. I believe the alliance of the EU and US
will get stronger and all citizens will be granted legal residence in
any of the member states without any problems. The US influence will
spread. But, at the same time, it will get weaker as more countries are
included. No centrally planned empire has ever survived for more than a
The solution is a union of independent democratic states to allow
freedom and a free economy within and also outside their territory. And
the process will continue, step by step, generation by generation.
After some time, there will be no national regions and no national
languages. Names like Argentina, Texas, Australia, Turkey, Afghanistan,
Taiwan, Alaska will only have a geographical meaning, not a political
one. It will not matter from which part of the world a person comes, it
will make no real difference. Only a difference in nature and climate,
that is all. Anyway, we are all from Earth!
Future generations will live in a wonderful world without borders and
And human genes will freely combine into new unique unions.
Be patient: what are a few thousand years compared to eternity?
My abiding conclusion from the above is:
PAY THE DEBT TO YOUR ANCESTORS: PRODUCE DESCENDANTS.
And be part of the globalisation process, to help destroy barriers
Genes from the whole world must flow on freely.
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