Torture & Death

When the possibility of finding medical ways of counteracting the bodily failures associated with old age is first introduced to people they often require repeat exposures to become comfortable with the idea. It is unsettling because it is so radical, and so instinctively many cry foul. Often the first claim is to accuse the messenger of being a charlatan, all perfectly understandable as it is such a massive re-orientation of our perceptions of ourselves and our futures. When the undeniable volumes of science that indicate how and when these paths to amelioration and ultimately frailty reversal are highlighted then other issues are brought up by the same world-view defence mechanisms- some of which have some merit and others which are just erroneous some of these issues around population, resources and boredom can be seen addressed elsewhere in this blog. But even after we address these there is still a massive and tragic gap between possibility and interest at this moment.
After many other exposures and giving it consideration, most people progress to a point where they feel that this is possible, but perhaps some time off in the future and surely there are other things that should come first. I used to agree with this. Now I most assuredly do not. How do we know when we have arrived at a proper position, surely it is when novelty and reaction has worn off, when we have had a chance to reflect and chosen to do so. At this point it seems to me that this is the most important cause we have.
Certainly, the idea of addressing the ravages of age with medical treatments is new and requires you to research the science for its credibility first and then time to consider the ramifications….but….don’t take too long, because this whole business really is bloody horrible
Social normalising and time trick us. If you wouldn’t mind – imagine a forty year old, who over the next 12 months is going to be hit by a rare ageing disease (similar to progeria but initiating at 40) and in one year this person will physically age another 40 years. If they were your loved ones, you would look at the decline in mobility, the muscle wastage, the increasing frequency of illness, the risk of broken bones not healing, the repeated trips to the hospital and the awful knowledge that in the near future there will be an illness from which they cant recover.. that they will have to leave you would see the torture of this whole process.

If this happened to your loved one you would shout from the rooftops – you would try everything to raise funds, at the earliest signs of pathways to treat this disease you would crowdfund, become an activist and tell everyone about your hope.
If you are clinging to the hope that well, maybe 80 or 90 is enough – it just isn’t, its a number that circumstance dictates to our pschyes, just forty years ago it was 70; we rightly invest huge sums of money to defeat cancer – but this would only extend our lifespans by 3 years.
The truth is cancer, ageing and all other pathologies are horrible, it is essentially human to survive to see what happens next, to help each other progress to cure all that makes us sick….because it was never feasible before isn’t a sufficient excuse not to embrace and fight now to end this torture and death

Martin O'Dea

About Martin O'Dea

Martin O’Dea lives in Dublin, Ireland. His interests and writings are varied and include areas relating to human development through technological and biological advances, as well as the economics and politics of rapid technological advance. His first novel is 'Beyond the Subjectivity Trap'.