I have two goals in life:
- To be the first human being in another solar system.
- To give anyone the ability to live forever.
More on goal #1 another time…1
You Don’t Have A Choice
What does “give anyone the ability to live forever” mean? It means everyone should be able to live as long as they want, as healthily as they want. The point is: choice. It’s your life.
Sickness and death are unnecessary. They are outdated concepts forced on humans. They remove our choice to do what we wish with our lives. They were a weakness to humanity of the past and will be an ancient memory to humanity of the future.
Advances in human health and longevity are obvious. They have been happening since the dawn of humanity and are increasing faster than ever today. We are already living longer and healthier. Soon we will live a little longer and a little healthier than we are today. And soon after that… and so on. This inevitably reaches a logical conclusion: barring global self-destruction, we will eventually be able to choose immortality.
It’s Your Right
At its core, this is no different than what we all believe today: we believe each individual should have the freedom to choose how they live.
Now it is time to take that belief to its logical next step: if you shouldn’t be denied your right to quality of life while you’re alive, it stands to reason you also shouldn’t be denied your right to length of life as well. If it’s wrong for another individual to take your life from you, it is also wrong for the Universe to take your life from you. You have the right to do with your life what you wish, fully and unencumbered.
Why This Matters to Me
These beliefs are an extension of a question I started to ask myself at a young age, and started writing about four years ago. I have always wanted to live forever myself, but didn’t realize I thought of it as a fundamental human right that I wanted to defend until two years ago—I started to realize a belief: that sickness sucks. When I wrote that, I had arrived at an inflection point but I didn’t know what I wanted to do about it:
I don’t know what my next steps are but the whole idea of Next Steps has been on my mind a lot more lately. Thoughts are brewing and I’m sure I’ll pen them here soon. I look forward to writing this post’s optimistic counterpart. Until then, I’m sick of sickness. It’s not fair to anyone. If I could only accomplish one life goal, and it could be anything, it would be to give humankind the ability to live healthy forever. So maybe that’s what I’ll do.
That was frustrating. But I did have a good laugh looking back at them one year later when we launched Prime. Prime is a direct realization of those final two sentences. Hindsight is fun like that. And Prime has relieved that frustration.
Now, another year later, I can say with complete conviction that those two goals are purely what I want to do with my life. As someone who spent most of my life bordering on perennial anger at not knowing what I wanted to do with my life—I eventually realized I was trying every activity, sport, and program possible to figure out what I liked vs. what I didn’t—this is a welcome change.
And if it’s inevitable, why not start working toward it now? I only have about 10,000 waking days left in my life anyway.
Ordering by priority, goal #2 comes first. It’s a stronger personal desire. And to be pragmatic, it’s effectively a precursor to making #1 possible. I only have about 50 years left and at our current exploration rate we’re not going to send someone to another solar system in that time. ↩