“We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.”
– Richard Dawkins
There are various kind of Talks. While most known is Sex Talk, there are many other. Hygiene. School. Culture. Money. But there is one Talk, that is almost never done and everyone has to discover it on his own.
How kids get to know? Maybe movies, where people are killing each other since day of silent film. Or computer games. Or Halloween. Or even personal epiphany after sqashing one bug too many.
We all are going to die. And no one can do anything about it, at least for now. But what if it is no longer true? If… no, not if, when (century or two) technology will make possible to prolog life indefinitely, who will benefit from it?
Everyone? Ha! Don’t make me laugh. Let me tell you who will benefit.
Sons of white, rich old men.
I will leave to you imagining social, political, economical and whatever else consequences. Good thing I (and everyone reading these words – yes, YOU too) will be, ironically, six feet under by then.