Immortality of the Golden Age

Posted: June 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

Who knew they cared that much about immortality. I remember among Catholics it was the sin of presumption to say with St John, “that you may know that you have eternal life,” the point being this is not something one should know. That suggests you may know that you will die, although a young man would scarcely accept that even as a theory. What this leads to is that immortality is an idea like many others, but if you ask where it is most common and what are the kinds, among the Greeks, gaining speed with the Romans and free floating down the years, it comes to us with nuance.

Immortal but at what price, as if we thought it free. Evidently not and we have Swift to thank to tell us so, It’s not immortality we want, it’s youth, which means the same headless flinging enthusiasm unfettered with experience we already know. Who are these old men who wander in as proctors in the golden age? Well they are not fun guys, wild and crazy. They attained immorality but without having any fun with it. But that’s the point, immortality is serious business because it is unnatural and has to be worked at to sustain. Worth killing for. You need to go in for your checkups, updates like Internet Explorer whose program is never complete. Just a few more nanobots say the engineers of life. Truly it sounds more like the end than the beginning of life to be immortal. If you don’t have any follies what is the point of life at all, that is unless you go back to St. John or somebody who says life is for praise. Let everything that has breath praise Him.

WE hardly know what immorality is. Is it physical  living forever in the body. Impossible, nothing physical is immortal. Ok then is it spiritual, kind of a struldbrug in Jonathan Swift‘s novel Gulliver’s Travels, the name  given to those humans in the nation of Luggnagg who are born seemingly normal, but are in fact immortal? However, although struldbrugs do not die, they do nonetheless continue aging. Swift’s work depicts the evil of immortality without eternal youth. They are easily recognized by a red dot.

Our immortals however, as avarice is the necessary consequence of their old age, in time became proprietors of the whole nation, engross civil power, which, for want of their ability to manage, ended in public ruin. Chinese Taoism placed their Island of the Immortals eastward from China, while Swift places the struldbrugs near Japan.


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