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Physical immortality

Physical immortality

Do not try to live forever. You will not succeed. Bernard Shaw

The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever. Anatole France

The thought about immortality appeared in people’s minds long time ago – many physicians, scientists, magicians and alchemists tried to create an elixir of life. The truth is that from time to time they created something resembling the elixir of life. At least outwardly. But sometimes taking this elixir brought to the real death – in this way the Chinese emperor Shuan-dzun (VIII century) died, after he took an erroneous elixir of life. During the age of Renaissance in such way died old people while they were being given a blood transfusion from young men (in that time medicine hasn’t known yet about blood groups).

In manuscripts we can find many examples when people managed to prolong their lives. Firstly they are the biblical prophets. Greek priest and poet Epimenid managed to prolong his life up to 300 years. Pliny the Elder tells us about a man from Illyria who died when he was 500 years old. The life of a Chinese Li-Zuniun (1680-1933) was 254 years long and he outlived his 23 wives. Six year before his death was photographed his famous portrait.

Li Ching-Yuen 1927 (247 years old)

Before his death he told friends that "I have done all I have to do in this world. I will now go home".

In Russia the most famous long-liver was considered Shirali Muslimov from an azerbaijanian village Barvazu, who lived 168 years – since 1805 till 1973. At the age of 136 he married and had a daughter.

In any event, according to gerontologists, life expectancy is 120 years, and Guinness Book of Records says that there is no real event of celebrating a 121-st birthday. As of today the oldest living person in the world belong to American supercentenarian Gertrude Baines (born 1894). She is 115 years old.

The problem of longevity (and, in perspective, immortality) was studied and is being studied now by institutes rather successfully. Considering the results of these researches and changing the lifestyle, a person can prolong their life. But the 5, 10, 20 years prolongation of life only postpones the moment of death, and the question about the possibility of physical immortality remains still open.

But I don’t understand the only thing, what for we need it? The shorter way is to get rid of the fear of death and the meeting with death will become a bit more important than the meeting with your lover. Some people consciously rejected the gift of immortality. Try and remember Solomon who refused to drink the elixir of immortality because he didn’t want to see the death of his near relations. He just knew.

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