How to become immortal? Humans have been fascinated by this question for thousands of years, yet nobody seems to know the answer. Individuals throughout history have gone to great lenghts, some even sacrificed their lives on the quest for eternal life, yet none of them achieved it. But in this episode, I’ll share with you the only method that works, the one secret to true immortality.
But before I do that, let me speak about all the approaches that don’t work. When they hear the word immortality, most people think about infinite life extension. If you could stop aging, cure all diseases and maybe even keep yourself eternally young, you could indeed achieve a so-called biological immortality.
Although a handful of scientists are already working on this, they are quite far from solving the problem. But even then, you could still die from unnatural causes like homicides, accidents and catastrophies. The more important question: would you want to live forever in the same body?
On the one hand, if the cost of infinite life extension was restrictively high, then only the rich could afford it. This means that you would see everyone around you dropping like flies, so you would either stay lonely or would have to face death anyway: two of the things you want to bypass by becoming immortal.
On the other hand, if biological immortality became widespread in society, then we would either have to deal with huge overpopulation, or renounce the pleasures of having children. With that, we would essentially take away the lives of all future generations in our selfish ambitions, we wouldn’t even give them a choice to experience life like we can.
However, the medical research towards the stopping of aging is a relatively new phenomenon, while the ambition itself dates back to ancient myths and folklore. Common people have been fantasizing about eternal life since the dawn of time, and they came up with various fantastical and sometimes outright ridiculous stories, like the Japanese belief that you should eat a mermaid or the Chinese myth concerning the mysterious moon rabbit.
Most often, the mythologies speak about a hidden physical thing that is supposed to grant immortality to its finder, after going on an ardous quest to discover it. I could list here the elixir of life, the Holy Grail, the fountain of youth, the philosopher’s stone, the golden apple, and various other legendary objects.
If somebody is already dead, then he could also be allegedly resurrected through various means, like the touch of Jesus or cryonics. Speaking about religion, the reason Christians bury their dead in coffins is because they want to preserve the body for the supposed day of resurrection.
However, the main problem with these approaches is not that they are at most undesirable and at worst laughable, but their ignorance. They are completely on the wrong track, because they falsely identify the entity with the body. But you are not your body, just like you are not your clothes. Your body is changing all the time, yet you always remain the same.
Religions dealt with the uniquely human ambition of immortality in an elegent way. They realized that telling people that they could live in their physical bodies forever would be too big of a lie, and people would see through it. Instead, they came up with a clever lie that can’t be falsified: namely, that if you believe hard enough, you will go on living even after your body is dead.
Biological immortality gave way to something I would call mental immortality: the idea that your soul and your body are separate, therefore you could become immortal as an eternal soul. However, what people call soul is just another name for the fantasy of everlasting personality, of an eternal individual ego.
It’s the ego that wants to live forever, that’s afraid of dying, that’s resistant to change. You may imagine heaven as a place where you can live exactly as you are right now, without any inner transformation. But what you probably don’t think about is how bored you would be after a while with yourself. You would be motivated to change parts of your personality, and if enough time passed, you wouldn’t even recognize your new self, you wouldn’t be the same person any more.
It’s not only your body that’s constantly changing, but your personality, as well. What you thought about yourself at the age of five is not the same what you think about yourself now. This fact is what makes mind-uploading, or the scientific equivalent of mental immortality unviable: you are not a simple collection of your memories, or a bunch of thoughts and mental concepts.
Thus mental immortality is equally futile, because it makes a similar mistake: it identifies you with an identity. But you are both beyond your body and your personality, the real you is something much more transcendent. It’s the very thing that connects the transient body and the transient mind and weaves them into a fine line you call experience: it’s nothing else than pure awareness, which is your very essence.
The irony is that you are already immortal, but you don’t experience this because of your false identifications. You want to make your body and your personality immortal, yet they are the reason you don’t feel immortal in the first place. The solution is not to get rid of the body and the mind, but to recognize that you are separate from them.
The secret to true immortality is to realize that you are already immortal. Not to think, not to believe, but to experience it. To clear your consciousness and make it pure, thereby becoming one with pure consciousness, which is eternal, infinite and immortal. This is what I call spiritual immortality, and this is what I teach in Immortology.
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