A couple of nights ago I watched an episode of Through the Wormhole that was about scientists who are seeking ways to extend our lifespans. Indefinitely. Because the reason we eventually die of “old age” (if we’re lucky enough to reach that point) is because our body gets shittier at replicating itself, making crappier and crappier copies until, well, you know. So if you could maintain youthful vigor indefinitely, you could also live indefinitely.
From that concept, the show went on to talk about how we’d have an impossible time fitting on the earth if people stopped dying. But space is not the issue that immediately came to my mind.
In current society, murder is pretty much the worst thing you can do to someone else. Imagine the implications if people have the ability to live forever – barring accidental or intentional death. When the average lifespan is 80 years, say, murdering someone who’s 40 means taking away (potentially) 50% of their time on earth. When you can live indefinitely, you’re basically taking away 100%.
One of the (potential) options for long-term life is keeping the brain alive, perhaps by putting it into another body or some other vessel. So to truly murder someone, one would have to permanently harm the brain so that it can’t find new life in a new vessel.
Which brings me around to this point: injuring the brain is what we do to kill zombies.
It’s all connected…somehow…
(This is the kind of stuff I think about at night when I can’t sleep.)