Elderly loved ones and frailty don’t make a good advert for old age.
The body declines, strength leaves our limbs, and we need someone to help us eat and go to the toilet.
Nobody wants to grow old or die young.
Some years ago, I visited my grandfather at a nursing home. I said to the nurse at reception if he could direct me to Thomas Marsden. The nurse pointed behind me, “He’s right there.”
Grandad was sitting near the reception when I arrived, but I hadn’t recognised him. He’d lost weight and looked frail.
In recent times, I’ve visited more nursing homes to see my parents-in-law. It’s hard to witness the people you love go downhill.
Age isn’t all about nursing homes. My Mum is 77 years old but has recently suffered a second stroke. The stroke has left her more aged than before. Dad died ten years ago, and although we all miss him dearly, Mum feels the loneliness of an empty family home.
The Cost of Immortality
Fantasy fiction and blockbuster films portray immortality as a superpower to reign supreme.
But if you, and only you, had the chance of immortality, would you accept it?
Imagine the power. You look at the world in the knowledge your breath will never stop.
The fear of cancer would never grip you. Eat want you want; no arteries will clog. Nobody would cause you to be nervous again for they’ll fade like a morning mist and you’ll remain.
You could start a business; you’ll create jobs for others, help end poverty or homelessness because you’ll never sense the fear of failure. If you fail, who gives a damn, there’ll be endless chances to try again until you succeed.
Year after year you’ll marvel at the changing world. Technology and trends in political correctness will change, but human nature would remain constant by your side. Change your diesel car for a hybrid, then for an electric and then for whatever replaces cars. And there’s iPhone MM Pro Max of course.
But what cost are you willing to pay for longevity?
Everyone you know and love will leave this world and you’ll miss them more as time goes by.
You would have to live with the secret of eternal life or face rejection from a jealous society.
In life, our mental health is under strain. No matter the trappings of lifestyle, our mind will try to deflate the happiness balloon. Imagine trying to struggle for eternity. Immortality is no heaven; it is hell on earth forever.
Grief, loss, and loneliness will decorate your existence.
Imagine looking unto the world in the knowledge everyone you grew up with, who cared about you and loved you, is no longer here.
I don’t want to live forever.
Not without my wife and family.
Perhaps creativity, success and endless fun appeal to some people. But when they’ve done it all, over and over again, then what?