When I consider the short extent of my life, swallowed up in eternity before and after, the small space that I fill or even see, engulfed in the infinite immensity of spaces unknown to me and which know me not, I am terrified, and astonished to find myself here, not there. For there is no reason why it should be here, not there, why now rather than at another time. Who put me here? By whose order and design have this place and time been allotted to me? . . . The eternal silence of those infinite spaces strikes me with terror. Blaise Pascal
If you’re not playing a big enough game, you’ll screw up the game you’re playing just to give yourself something to do. John-Roger and Peter McWilliams
What a man can imagine or conceive in his mind he can accomplish. Impossibles are possible as thinking men make them so. Henry J. Kaiser
Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. Sydney J. Harris
The critical question for you and I is When?. Once upon a time Mankind considered surgery and pain inseparable. Paracelsus first recommended ether for “painful illness” three centuries before it was finally used. There were many other missed opportunities since then. Ether required two separate demonstrations to the same eminent surgeon, who then had to proclaim loudly to the jeering, skeptical audience that “this is no hum-bug” before it was believed:
Why should the World have to wait so long for such an obvious blessing? There can be only one answer, strange as it may seem. Pain haunted man since his beginning; he accepted it as he accepted other manifestations of nature, with no spirit of revolt. Pain was the will of God, as inevitable as the closing in of night at the end of the day. Surely only a madman would rebel against the night? Philip Smith
Substitute “Death” for “pain” in the quote above. We are doomed if it takes three centuries to separate life from death.
Strategy: Collectively we aggressively pursue physical immortality by,
- Investing heavily in the appropriate medical sciences and infra-structure.
- Dramatically increase the wealth available for such investment:
- Deploying our military and economic assets to tap the ultimate resource – human minds; billions of human minds trapped in socialist, statist, totalitarian, oligarchic and/or otherwise corrupt regimes. All that is required to tap that immense resource is the rule of law, economic freedom and limited governments.
- Investing heavily in the development of fusion power. Ultimately, cheap and unlimited energy, will fuel unlimited wealth.
- Invest heavily in the terra-formation of Mars. This permits diversification of our long term investments, and acts as a safety valve to offset the inevitable sclerosis of political institutions. Opportunities for cheap land and adventure (one of life’s necessities) in new worlds will rejuvenate Mother Earth.
Humans don’t always accept the seemingly irrational as impossible. To be visionary is to see what others can’t yet see, and civilization could not have advanced to its present state without the willingness of some to pursue stubbornly what others see only as a will-o’-the-wisp. Erich Harth
Government funding was increased from $270M to $497M for fiscal year 2001. However only $36M is earmarked for the NIH up from $32M in 2000. These are trivial numbers.
See Nick Smith letter on file
See Nanomedicine : Basic Capabilities, Vol. 1 Robert A. Freitas,Jr