The Greeks wanted it, the Romans wanted it, even Chinese Emporers wanted it ...
so why don't we want it?
I made an observation the other day ...
Why were previous civilisations after immortality (and not us now in 2011)?
Back then, they died at around 38-45, pretty much just after they have peaked. Probably thinking that there just has to be more ...
I remember in the movie Troy, (hardly a credible source but one nonetheless) Achilles didn't want his name to be forgotten, he motivated all the warriors by proclaiming that immortality is theirs to be taken.
For us these days, we live till our wrinkles sag, we're flush with white hair or no hair. Our vision slowly goes, our hearing slowly goes ... our even mind goes. I guess not the era of our life we want to keep prolonging.
Religiously and spiritually, there are groups who believe in an afterlife and that at least a part of us continues to live on. People used to be buried with their favourite things, games in the event they do arise, they will be surrounded by their favourite things.
It's ironic how they wanted to prolong life and to become immortal when we these days, discuss euthanasia.
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