About the lecture given by Aubrey deGrey on TED
Mankind has always been deeply concerned about aging. Aging in fact means suffering and pain and is the threshold of our most mysterious experience: Death.
Where do I come from? Who am I? Where will I go after death? …if, of course, a place after death exists or a person can record the events and the feelings of the human mind.
Questions like these have always been lurking in our deepest awareness.
If we try to understand the real meaning of death we may find that it means different things to different people. If I were happy, my death would mean that I’m going to lose my happiness. If, on the other hand, I were unhappy because of sickness or because I was about to lose a loved one, my death would mean the end of my suffering. If I were a Buddhist, I would be certain that life constitutes pain. I would want to avoid reincarnation and seek extinction or obliteration that is: Nirvana.
We know that there are many scientists researching the aging process hoping to slow it down but very few of them aim to extend human life indefinitely.
As I wrote before their goal could be a blessing for some and a curse for others. Hard to say!
I guess that today, on this planet, already so crowded by seven billion human beings, the problem of life extension is not the most important one.
In my opinion, the most important and beneficial step would be one aimed to give hope of a better life and to make life more meaningful for all the kids of the planet Earth.