|Photo by Quinn Dombroski.|
But is this wise?
I spent three years volunteering in a multi-level care center, observing the difference between lifespan (how long a person lives) and health span (how long a person lives without disability).
The all-too-human desire for longevity reminds me of the Greek myth of Tithonus.
He was a mortal who was the beloved of Eos, the Titan goddess of the dawn. She asked Zeus to bestow eternal life upon Tithonus. Zeus did so.
But Tithonus did not receive eternal youth. Instead, age transformed him into a grasshopper.
And that problem--immortality vs eternal youth--has been exaggerated in the 21st Century as people in industrialized nations are living several years longer than their great grandparents.