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Who Wants to Live Forever? (Continued)
A much better way to understand the relationship between dogs, cattle, and man is to investigate their genes. Doing this shows us that we share the same kind of immune system. Our blood works in the same way, even our hearts and brains are very similar.
Our will to live is an extension of those same genes. No, you will never be able to look under a microscope, survey a strand of DNA, snip out a single gene and have it sit up and say “I want to live.” It’s not going to happen.
What has happened was some unlikely combination of genes worked together in such a way to produce a person who wanted to live. That person went on to have kids, and those kids had kids, and so on. From all those offspring you and I have emerged. And that person, whether it’s me, my father, or you, is very capable of sitting up and saying “I want to live.”
Biologists call this epigenetics. It’s a characteristic about ourselves that doesn’t sit on any exact gene. In truth, it may be tied to more complex parts of DNA in which genes play a part. It doesn’t change the real-life fact that as far as animals go, mankind is the only one whose individual members want to live forever. We don’t want to die.
That fact begs a question: As a society, as a culture, where does our aggregate life force go?
Consider the combined joy of life from each man, woman, and child. How does our civilization recognize the sum total of this energy? How does our world display our combined will to live?
I suggest that we exhibit our life force in innumerable ways, like our architecture, our public works projects, our entertainment.
What is the finest way to show that your spirit wishes to reach the eternal heavens?
How about building the tallest tower in the world so that you can touch the sky?
What is the most obvious way to show off our indomitable nature, such that we flaunt Mother Nature and her inevitable partner, Death?
We build lakes and harness them to hydroelectric power stations. Or maybe we push back the ocean so we can build houses near the shore. Or we connect continents with undersea cables and overland ribbons of concrete.
Finally, our entertainers reflect our immutable souls through a wide variety of stories, like fantastic tales of vampires, transforming machines, and magic.
To be continued …