Deluded quest for immortality

Other Names:
Undue prolongation of life
Obsession with immortality

The notion of immortality is a selfish indulgence unrelated to the good of humanity. The concept of immortality originated well after the appearance of our species as an evolutionary entity, and so cannot have survival value which would lead to the reproductive success of those individuals who may have "carried" it. It is an unintended and unnecessary consequence of the evolution of the human brain complex enough to deal with the more concrete problems of survival, that also gives humans the ability to elaborate the intricacies of philosophy and theology, including the existence of the soul and our fate after death. In fact death, together with sex, was "invented" during the evolutionary process leading to human beings to continually wipe clean the genetic slate of a species and allow fresh genetic diversity in the form of new replacement individuals. Otherwise humans would have retained the "immortal" state of sexless, deathless amoebae and other less evolved organisms which reproduce by dividing themselves.

Narrower Problems:
Belief in self-healing
Excessive longevity
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 15: Life on Land
Date of last update
18.06.2018 – 11:49 CEST