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What If We All Lived Beyond 130 Years?

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What If We All Lived Beyond 130 Years?

Life expectancy is continuously growing but how far could it be stretched? How would longevity transform societies and our ways of life? Humanity has been yearning for the secret of immortality since the first temple for the ever-living Gods was built, which might have been 12,000 years ago in Gobekli Tepe, according to the current state of archeology. The ancient legends and myths are full of tales about how men on Earth wanted to join the community of immortals. However, sometimes those who gained access to the privileged and reached the status of the Gods paid a very high price. According to the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite, when Zeus was asked to grant prince Tithonus eternal life, the god consented. Nonetheless, there was no request for eternal youth, so for thousands of years, Tithonus grew old and withered.The suffering of immortality often appears in the literary imagination, too. Simone de Beauvoirs hauntingly beautiful novel, All Men Are Mortal, tells the tale of a 13th-century Italian man, Fosca, who recounts his life and his immortality to an actress in the 19th century. He says how at first he wanted power, then money, finally family and love. However, an immortal being must find that everything decays around him, eventually, so nothing has meaning and nothing has any risk anymore. As human beings are finite in their lives, in their imagination and their thinking, infinity is unimaginable and inhuman. As Ecclesiastes writes, there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die

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