These days, when I wake up in the morning, I have come to expect anything in the news. Today, I have learned that Bernard Madoff’s scheme cheated children out of immortality. Actually, it cheated a family, with children, out of immortality, but perhaps saying it that way loses some effect.
Amir Efrati has written an article in The Wall Street Journal titled “Couple’s Dreams of Immortality at Death’s Door, Thanks to Madoff” that reports two researchers have been studying the possibility of eternal life, through architecture, with their funds — now gone thanks to Madoff.
Arkawa (he doesn’t give his first name) and Madeline Gin have been researching a methodology they think will prevent death.
Of course if they’re right I wouldn’t think funding would be a problem.
Simply, what the pair has done is to build a small structure that forces people to live a more strenuous lifestyle. The rooms are farther apart and the floors are uneven. Simple tasks taken for granted such as doing laundry are adjusted to be more challenging. And, that is the theory. The theory is that human beings are too coddled by our environment therefore we well, just “rot.” If we challenge our bodies then they will respond by living forever.
So is this as bizarre as it sounds? Nobutaka Yamaoka says that he feels better already, that he has lost 20 pounds and gotten rid of his hay fever. Of course since these units have a listing price of about $5.5 million perhaps one wouldn’t want to admit it if it wasn’t working.
The idea of degenerating is based on an old movement term “transhumanism.”
Of course if Arkawa and Gin are correct, I have been wasting a lot of Sundays.
I might just say that many people I know (including me) who are involved with doing laundry, and dishes, are actually looking forward to death. I don’t want to work harder to live longer to keep working harder, or something like that.
I guess the only other question I would have, might be that it seems our ancestors didn’t have it easy but they still died. Perhaps the difference is truly the “special house.”
When I was very young, three-years-old to be specific, photographers used to come around to our neighborhood with a pony and dress all the little kids up as cowboys and take a picture. Additionally, some of them sold “elixirs” that were guaranteed to lengthen one’s life.
Further, in those days, way back in the 1950’s machines that made homemade “juice” became popular so people could drink those good and strong vitamins “right out of the soil.”
One thing we’ve learned is that if living forever was a buck back in 1952 and today is $5.5 million then our lives must be worth more or our brains are worth much less.
Of course, due to Madoff, I guess we’ll never know.