Killing Death

Posted by on Jul 18, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word

this life we hold on to
nails dug deep into
the loved ones we knew

cures will begin to blossom
time no longer our enemy
decades will turn into centuries

lifespans will truly span
time and space
all knowledge embraced

the nano and the bio-tech
post-human evolution
realized through a bar room bet

what will we do
when death and aging are met
and done away with

will we invent peace
will war be cured
our hatred forgotten

our lives extended
our personality and memory saved
will we reach for the ideal

what gifts will we envision
to give back to this planet
will we continue to take

will we consume and not replace
the resources we squander
manifesting the ego we engender

how many must die
until we see the lies
death has realized

how many must live
until we see death’s disguise
unmask the fear from our hearts and minds



  1. Joshua Schultz
    July 18, 2011

    I guess there is a question that begs to be asked.

    If I could live forever. Just what kind of life could I be living?

  2. Byron King
    July 18, 2011

    I suppose another good question to ask is who deserves to live that long? We don’t have the natural resources for everyone to live indefinitely. Would the world vote? Would countries? Would the world’s brightest compete for the privilege for life extension or would everyone have the privilege at some point.

    I also suppose at some point when this becomes possible that we have already solved our energy and fresh water crisis problems.

    I do wonder what I’d do with all that time. It would seem exploration of the universe or multiverse would be the next step in our evolution. If we could live forever then space travel would not be as difficult but I would hope we can bend space and time by then as well.

  3. Joshua Schultz
    July 19, 2011

    I was thinking about this all day. Now tonight you have put to pixel my conclusions before I could type them out. Bravo Byron. Again, so glad to be your friend, again.

  4. Joshua Schultz
    July 19, 2011

    And yet more questions arise. Like, Who am I anyway? What are the limits of my “self”, of who I think I might be? What is time anyway? How long is forever? Is there really any sepparation between the space between my cells and the space between planets? It’s a scale thing, eh? Macro/micro. Illusion, perception, and reality? Hmmmm.

  5. Byron King
    July 19, 2011

    Interesting Josh. These are questions that you might need more time to answer so I believe you would be a great candidate for life extension. Where do I vote? I’m not sure if we could answer that with an infinite amount of time. In my view everything is nothing and nothing is everything. So death is an illusion of sorts. Life is also an illusion so I would prefer for nature to take its course. The question then becomes what is nature? My lifespan would be maxing out now if it was a hundred or so years ago. Was that natural?

    Is it natural for technology to extend life? It continues to do so every day.

    And if we have an infinite amount of time to measure time and explore the macro and micro would our vision just continue to increase. At some point we would realize it is futile to try and measure infinity. And at that point I believe we would be okay with dying of natural causes because, as I see it, if we are apart of infinity our energy is infinite as well. As Einstein said, Energy cannot be neither created nor destroyed. I take solace in that statement.

    Great to be in contact with you as well Josh. These are questions that I only remember asking at FSU. I definitely don’t have many to embark on such dialogues with. Thank you for being interested.


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