In recently published articles, “experts”, so to speak, claim that it will soon be possible for human beings to live up to 1,000 years. All we need to do is make some adjustments to our cells or DNA and we can live for hundreds of years. They are very confident that they are but a few years away from turning a 60-year-old body back into a 30-year-old body.
While the science behind this may be truly astounding, the wisdom associated with it seems, well, absent.
– If it costs me $ 400 to get an xray when I fall off a roof, what’s it going to cost me to have a DNA and cellular makeover so that I can live hundreds of years? Anyone think the impoverished from the streets of Calcutta will be ushered to the front of the line? Such biotechnology will be made available to the rich, especially celebrities who can give testimonials about the wonders of the procedure and share their plans for owning a palace on every continent 300 years from now. People are unfair. People are self-centered. People look to score points with the rich and famous. That’s human nature. This means that the rich and poor, and the famous and not-so-famous, will not be given equal opportunity to live such long lives. That makes this endeavor immoral.
– Human beings have biases. There are people we don’t like. Liberals may not like conservatives. Republicans may not like Democrats. Giants fans may not like Cowboys fans. Those who control access to such biotechnology will also have biases. Do you really think those biases won’t come into play when it’s time to get your “live-500-years” pill? People whose favorite color is green know that if they just keep the treatment from the people whose favorite color is blue that eventually the blue people will all die off. The world will only have people whose favorite color is green. The political agendas that will be immersed in the employment of this technology makes this endeavor immoral.
– On Monday, a man spends his life savings on the treatment to live another 300 years. On Tuesday, he is killed by a drunk driver. This technology makes sense only in a world where there are no highway accidents, drug pushers, serial murderers, industrial accidents, incidents of domestic violence, suicides, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, house fires, plane and train crashes, plagues, or diseases. People are still going to die at early ages, even if their DNA has been upgraded. Death does not come merely by aging! Absent of an effort to fix these causes of death, it makes this endeavor a bit foolish.
– Imagine if Hitler was able to live 1,000 years. What could he have done? In a mere 12 years in power, he was responsible for the deaths of over 10 million people. What could he have done if he had 500 years to work with? Giving long life to people whose hearts are dedicated to evil is a recipe created by a fool. True, none of us would walk up to Charles Manson and offer him a pill to help him live another 300 years. However, we might give the pill to Dennis, the cute little boy who lives next door. However, we have no idea that Dennis will one day go on a shooting rampage at his school. Since we have no way of knowing who will do good and who will do evil with their long life, it makes this endeavor a bit of insanity.
– The earth’s population is stabilized by a fact of life – as some people are born, others die. Imagine a world where the average person lives for centuries. Uh, think people – with such bodies, they will be able to parent hundreds if not thousands of children. Our planet will be quickly taxed to provide enough resources to feed and sustain the life of an exploding population. Does anyone else smell the word “genocide” associated with this biotechnology? Leaders of the world will be easily tempted to decide to cope with the overpopulation crisis by eliminating the “less than desirable”. That makes this endeavor immoral.
The aspirations of these scientists are a wonderful example of the difference between knowledge and wisdom. It is through knowledge that technologies are advanced. It is through wisdom that they are applied. Knowledge without wisdom is a path to chaos of unimaginable proportions. It seems our scientist friends fail to grasp the foolishness of their pursuit.
Perhaps more significantly, these scientists seem to believe this life is heaven-on-earth. What a wonderful place to live for centuries – with poverty, addiction, destruction, wickedness, evil, heartache, torture, crime, and disease! Scientists, enjoy living in this world for hundreds of years. I’d rather die in a few decades and then be in a place where goodness flourishes. Where there is no rich and poor. Where people don’t have biases. Where there is no evil. Where there is no death because God ended it. That’s the place to live for a 1,000 years!
In Genesis 6:3, God said that people will not live more than 120 years. Submitting this sentence for understatement of the year, maybe God is aware of all of these issues above and He is keeping our world from even more chaos by keeping our lives relatively short. Scientists, a loving God might really know what’s best for the human race. It’s called wisdom.