I have just been listening to a radio discussion on the subject of ageing, and this moved on to the issue of experiments to incease longevity.
It has always seemed to me extraordinary that there seems to be money for this kind of research in a world where so many people die young of diseases whch will one day (sooner, presumaby, if more funds were available) be curable, and where so many are starving. As for the desire to live for ever, is this because we are afraid of death, or do we really want to live on indefinitely?
And then there are those who have gone to the extreme of paying to have their deceased bodies frozen in liquid nitrogen against the discovery of a cure some time in the future (for disease, old age or whatever), when they will be unfrozen, cured and launched once more into the world. Born again, you could say.
This raises several issues. One is, what would these (mainly very old) once rich newly-defrosted people look like, never mind do? And how would they fit into the (probably very different) world in which they found themselves? And in any case, would anyone bother to defrost them at all, given that they would hardly be in a position to sue if they were left in their frozen state?
No. I am prepared to die - I think - when my time comes, provided it's with my wits intact and with some dignity and with minimal work or distress for my family. As Woody Allen said, "I don't mind dying. I just don't want to be around when it happens".