Peace Rattler Humanoids’ Search for the Elusive, Eternal Life and Longevity (Part 1)
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10 Nov 2021 – In Christianity, the Bible states in John 10:27–28 that: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish.” This refers to the personal, heart to heart relationship the Christian is expected to have with Jesus who promises eternal life. In the Abrahamic faiths, eternal life traditionally refers to continued life after death, as outlined in Christian eschatology. The Apostles’ Creed testifies: “I believe… the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.” In this view, eternal life commences after the Second Coming of Jesus and the resurrection of the dead, although in the New Testament’s Johannine, literature there are references to eternal life commencing in the earthly life of the believer, possibly indicating an inaugurated eschatology.
According to mainstream Christian theology, after death, but before the Second Coming, the saved live with God in an intermediate state, but after the Second Coming, experience the physical resurrection of the dead and the physical recreation of a New Earth. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “By death the soul is separated from the body, but in the resurrection, God will give incorruptible life to our body, transformed by reunion with our soul.
In Hinduism, the cycle of Birth, death, and rebirth, doctrines of samsara, is the natural process of reincarnation. As per Hindu beliefs, when the soul takes the form of the body, if the ego gets the better of the person, then it will make the soul impure. However, death only destroys the body, and the soul will remain impure, which will then take another body. Reincarnation, also known as rebirth or transmigration, is the philosophical or religious concept that the non-physical essence of a living being begins a new life in a different physical form or body after biological death.
Most Islamic schools of thought reject any idea of reincarnation of living beings. It teaches a linear concept of life, wherein a human being has only one life and upon death he or she is judged by God, then rewarded in heaven or punished in hell. Islam teaches final resurrection and Judgement Day, but there is no prospect for the reincarnation of a human being into a different body or being. However, Islam and most Abrahamic faiths’ religious doctrines propagate the concept of resurrection. Resurrection is a process, in which a soul comes back to life in the same body. This is the fundamental difference between reincarnation where the soul is recycled in a different avatar, or phenotype depending on your deeds in the present cycle of life and death, whereas in resurrection, which is usually on Judgement Day, the soul is recycled in the same body from “dry bones” or even dust, to account for its deeds in its life time.
In most beliefs involving reincarnation, the soul is seen as immortal and the only physical mortal remains, the biodegradable body, which is perishable is the body. Upon death, the soul becomes transmigrated into a new infant humanoid or even an animal, such as a serpent, to live again. If one’s deeds were appalling in a cycle, then in the next cycle, one could be reborn as an untouchable Dalit population in India subjected to discrimination according to the Hindu caste system. The term transmigration means passing of soul from one body to another after death.
Another doctrine in the pursuit of an eternal life is the belief of an “afterlife”, life after death. This was the belief in ancient Pharaonic culture and religion. This is was a firm belief of the Pharaonic civilisation, but the basis difference from the Abrahamic faiths is that there was a foregone conclusion that there was a life after death and that was a happy one and transition from life to death and a further, presumable eternal life after that was a happy pleasant continuum with no accountability of the evil and transgressions committed in the present life of the Pharaonic royal family or Egyptian nobility at the time. The Pharaohs were gods on earth as opposed to the plebeians and they were entitled to a similar high and luxurious standard of living as it was during their present life during that era. Therefore, in preparation for the afterlife, elaborate abodes where designed inside the pyramids to ensure that the afterlife was comfortable. To ensure that all facilities were at the disposal of the deceased pharaoh, living priests, maidens, advisor, physicians, slaves, animals, gold ornaments, chariots and boats were entombed with the pharaoh’s sarcophagus, containing his “embalmed” mummified body , albeit in separate, often hidden chambers. A similar philosophy prevailed in feudal China where the bodies of deceased royalty were encased in a suit of jade pieces in the hope of preserving the body in the afterlife, often to no avail,. When the pieces of jade did not prevent the organic body from decaying,
Therefore, in pursuit of an eternal life, there were three basic concepts, which can be summarised as follows:-
- Reincarnation, in which the soul was recycled in another living form depending on the deeds of he individual in the past cycle as narrated in the Vedantic scriptures.
- Resurrection in which the same body was “regenesisied”, to be subjected to an audit and interrogation of accountability on the Biblical Day of Reckoning, as depicted in all the Abrahamic religions, in some cases, graphically painted by artists during the Renaissance. This was a tumultuous day, when no intercession will be possible, for any soul, as it is destined to hell and not to a blissful, eternal life in heaven. It is a simple matter of “reap as you sow”, graphically narrated in various holy scriptures of the Torah, the Old Testament, which depieced God as a vengeful Lord, devoid of mercy, and the Quran in Islam.
- A state of predestined afterlife where it was “business as usual” and no accountability, was necessary, as it was an odyssey in continuum.
It is to be noted that all the above three categories accept that the present life will end and death as humanoids experience is guaranteed, is the final outcome of all life, is not negotiable and the end is inevitable, but there is another realm, be it virtual, be it ethereal or be it good or bad depending on an individual’s actual deeds, which would form a divine currency or “God Bucks” on the Day of Accountability. If a deceased has accrued a low “Divine Currency of God Bucks”, then off to hell you go.
While most humanoids would fall into one of the above listed categories, there are some who would prefer in the physical lengthening or extension of the present life by pursuing the elusive entity of “longevity” This has happened from time immemorial in different continents and civilisations,
In ancient China, the First Emperor ordered an official search for an immortality elixir. The Emperor Qin Shi Huang, wanted to live forever. After uniting China and becoming its first emperor, Qin Shi Huang became obsessed with the idea of living forever to preserve the power he had fought so hard to achieve. In his later years, the emperor sought out the mythical elixir of life, which would confer immortality onto anyone who consumed it. According to Megan Gannon who published an article in December 27, 2017, newly discovered documents reveal that 2,200 years ago, Emperor Qin Shi Huang even put out an executive order to search for a potion that would give him eternal life, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. Qin Shi Huang was born in 259 B.C. and by the time of his death in 210 B.C., he had conquered all six warring states of China to create a unified nation, of which he proclaimed himself the first Emperor. During his reign, strips of bamboo or wood known as slips were common writing materials. In 2002, more than 36,000 slips containing ancient calligraphy were discovered in an abandoned well in central China’s Hunan province, according to Xinhua. The news agency reported that Zhang Chunlong, a researcher at the Hunan Institute of Archaeology, analysed 48 medicine-related slips from that collection and found that the emperor’s decree to search for immortality potions reached frontier regions and remote villages. “It required a highly efficient administration and strong executive force to pass down a government decree in ancient times, when transportation and communication facilities were undeveloped,” Zhang told Xinhua.
The wooden slips even contained some responses from villages. One town called “Duxiang” reported back to the emperor that its inhabitants had not yet found the elixir of life, while another town in the modern-day Shandong Province in eastern China offered an herb from a local mountain. Archaeologists and historians already had some idea that Qin Shi Huang was obsessed with immortality. According to Chemistry World, the emperor was thought to have consumed cinnabar, mercury sulfide, in the hope it would prolong his life. As scientists are aware, mercury is highly poisonous. Ironically, Qin Shi Huang’s supposed cures may have helped bring on his death at the age of 39, including the mercury he was ingesting in pursuit of immortality. If he could not live forever, Qin Shi Huang wanted to at least ensure that he would be well-equipped in the afterlife. For his tomb, the emperor built a sprawling underground mausoleum that is never been fully excavated, though 8,000 ceramic soldiers and horses known as the Terracotta Army have been discovered since the 1970s near the burial mound. Ancient Chinese writings claim the underground palace had a ceiling mimicking the night sky with pearls as stars and rivers of mercury. It’s not clear how many of the ancient descriptions are exaggerations, though soil samples around the tomb have indicated high levels of mercury contamination.
The Terracotta Warriors were buried in three pits less than a mile to the northeast of the mausoleum of the First Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huangdi. They include infantryman, archers, cavalry, charioteers and generals. Now new research, including newly translated ancient records, indicates that the construction of these warriors was inspired by Greek art.
The search for the secret to eternal life did not die with Qin Shi Huang. Successive Chinese emperors would pursue the search for the elixir of immortality of life where he left at his premature demise. Around the 9th century, Chinese monks working on the recipe for immortality discovered gunpowder. The recipe they stumbled upon would be the foundation of a technology that would ensure the sudden and immediate mortality of hundreds of millions of people for centuries later and even the refinement of this formula continues to kill humanoids in the 21st century.
The Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi search was not the last word in the search for immortality. Dating back to the 18th century B.C., the Epic of Gilgamesh tells the story of the ancient Sumerian king of the same name. The epic poem is one of the oldest surviving literary works in history. After Gilgamesh’s close friend, Enkidu, becomes ill and dies, the tragedy leads the king to pursue the secret to immortality. Gilgamesh searches for Utnapishtim, the equivalent of Noah, who survived a flood created by the gods in an attempt to destroy humankind. Prior to the flood, the god of wisdom, Ea, tipped Utnapishtim off to the impending disaster, so Utnapishtim built a giant boat for his family and every kind of animal all of whom could endure the cataclysmic event, of the great deluge. However, King Gilgamesh did not succeed in his quest, but he came to understand that his legacy through the kingdom he built would give him some measure of immortality.
Commencing in the 12th century, legends emerged about the Christian kingdom of Prester John, a lost land to the nations of then Catholic Europe struggling against the Muslim Moors. Within his domain, Prester John was said to have lived a long and luxurious life thanks to his possession of, among other treasures, the fountain of youth. For nearly five centuries, explorers sought out Prester John’s kingdom, but never found this everlasting Christian stronghold. Perhaps among the most famous expeditions to pursue the secret to eternal life was that of explorer Ponce de Leon. Prior to his first expedition to Florida, de Leon heard a story from native Caribbean islanders of a fountain of youth that would restore the vitality of anyone who swam in its waters. In the course of searching for the Fountain of Youth, as well as other riches on behalf of the Spanish crown, de Leon would explore what would become the state of Florida. Stories of de Leon’s quest to find the fountain only emerged after his death, so he may in fact never have sought the fountain. Today, however, St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest city in the United States, hosts a tourist attraction for the Fountain of Youth as a tribute de Leon’s journey.
Legend also has it that Count Vlad, sought immortality by drinking the blood of his impaled victims for breakfast amidst their screams. The ruthless brutality of Vlad III of Walachia, forged by the 15th century clash between the Kingdom of Hungary and the Ottoman Empire, would partly inspire Bram Stoker’s classic vampire novel centuries later.
Is humanity finally approaching close to the secret of immortality? A Russian Internet mogul is claiming to be able to make humans immortal by 2045. Can money buy immortality? Russian Internet mogul Dmitry Itskov believes that through his newest venture he will be able to give humans the ability to live forever through his 2045 Initiative.
By the year 2045, Itskov’s group aspires to create the technology in which the person’s consciousness is transferred into “hologram-like human avatars.” Itskov’s idea might not be technologically possible presently, but that does not mean it is not plausible in the near future. However, if there is one constant so far in the history of men pursuing the eternal life, it is that none of them have succeeded, thus far. However, there is presently a paradigm shift from searching for immortality to strategies in delaying aging so that inevitably, the humanoids will live longer. The thrust of this endeavor has shifted to “Immortal’ Animals research to reveal their “Anti-Aging Secrets” which could be used by humanity to extend their lifespan.
Human immortality may still be beyond the reach of technology, but eternal life might be biologically possible. Or at least that seems to be the promise of one species of jellyfish, Turritopsis dohrnii, reported on by the New York Times last year. During the jellyfish’s life cycle, it grows from a polyp into an adult. Instead of dying, however, in what earned the marine animal the nickname the Benjamin Button jellyfish, the adult instead regresses back to a polyp. The effect appears to give the jellyfish the ability to live over of these cycles. How long the jellyfish can continue this rhythm and whether Turritopsis dohrnii could maintain it indefinitely, is unknown.
Another member of the animal kingdom which is blessed with longevity, adapting and surviving, is the Galápagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra), The life span is unknown, but one tortoise was recorded at being 171 years old: Galápagos tortoises are the giants of the tortoise world. Males can weigh more than 227 kilograms, and females average about 113 kilograms. They have thick, sturdy legs to hold up all that weight, but they still spend a lot of time lying down to conserve energy. There are two types of Galápagos tortoises. The largest, with big, round shells, are called “domes.” The smaller kinds of tortoises have shells that curl up in front like a saddle and are called “saddlebacks.” Active research is in progress on these magnificent, herbivores as to the reasons for their long-life spans. Galápagos tortoises tend to lead a peaceful, quiet life which centres on eating, relaxing in the sun, or wallowing in puddles. This may be the singular reason for their longevity compared with humanoids, who are eternally in “red alert”, needing high octane carbohydrate input regularly, to enable them to be sustained in pursuit of material gains rather than mental serenity. Since they are cold-blooded animals, belonging to the class Reptilian, like other reptiles, they like to soak in the sun to warm up. Nocturnally, they may rest partially submerged in mud, water, or bush to keep warm during cool evenings. Mud wallows can also keep a tortoise cool during the day. There is nothing like a happy, carefree, nice, slow, ambling walk if you are a tortoise and perhaps humanoids need to learn that modus operandi from the reptilian tortoises, rather than expressing our aggression, envy, belligerence and anger, using the reptilian brain which humanoids have retained during the course of primate evolution.
Another strategy is that if eternal life is not with the reach of humanoids, and death is inevitable, due to disease and morbidity, for which no cure is on the horizon presently with the available technology, then let the humanoid demise for now, preserve our physical bodies, until a cure is found for the particular disease the individual died from, in the future, when the deceased can be revived to continue life after a period of deep and prolonged hibernation under controlled conditions The controlled environment in which the dead body is maintained, will ensure the eternal preservation, with no biodegradation of the mortal remains Modern technology has made immortality seem somehow within reach, even if the science for eternal life still appears generations away. That is the ideology behind one method of self-preservation: cryonics. Cryonics is the process of preserving recently deceased individuals with the intention of reviving them using future medical science and technology. The individuals are frozen after their hearts stopped, so they have died legally, but before their brains are dead. The Alcor Life Extension Foundation based out of Scottdale, Arizon, is one organization offering to preserve individuals in liquid nitrogen after death in the hopes of being able to live again. To have the entire body preserve costs around $150,000. For $50,000, an individual can have just their brains held in cryonic suspension.
Given how far and wide humans have traveled for the secret to eternal life, it would be a fitting end to the search if the key to immortality was hiding inside our genes all along. Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes that compromise our DNA, who we are. Each chromosome is tipped with stretches of DNA known as telomeres. Telomeres shorten each time our cells replicate as we get older. Eventually, if the telomeres become too short, the cell can die. The idea goes that if there were a way to keep telomeres long to prevent damage to chromosomes and later cell death, then that could be a means of keeping an individual alive longer, perhaps indefinitely. The role telomeres play in cellular reproduction was a major scientific discovery, earning three scientists the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009.
The Bottom Line is that humans have the greatest fear of giving up their life, which is the most fearful and painful process for us as a species and secondly, we are absolutely antagonistic to parting with our material wealth which humanoids have pursued with maximin intensity and ferocity. Therefore, it is not entirely surprising that as human primate, we hare now in search of longevity and an eternal life by what ever means possible, In the process to maintain our territorial domains like animals is a nature reserve, we as the highest evolved species of Lord’s creation or biological genesis if we deny the existence of a Supreme force, humanoids have created wars, conflicts, religions, racism, business cartels, monopolies dissension , divide and rule philosophies, oppressions and belligerence in the guise of achieving progress. Ironically, these attributes of the human race, are the very reasons for the brevity of our average lifespan. Humanoids have spent the prime of their lives in pursuit of materialism and wealth, now we are spending our ill-gotten material wealth in pursuit of concerted attempts using all our resources at our disposal in the 21st century to elongate our present lifespan, from the truncated and often unhappy miserable lives we lead of corruption, misdemeanours, aggression and even annihilation of our follow kind with destruction of the planet earth,
In the second part of this publication, the author will discuss the modern attempts in the ongoing search for longevity, in the 21st century, using the novel technological advances made in the past few decades.
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Professor G. Hoosen M. Vawda (Bsc; MBChB; PhD.Wits) is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment.
Director: Glastonbury Medical Research Centre; Community Health and Indigent Programme Services; Body Donor Foundation SA.
Principal Investigator: Multinational Clinical Trials
Consultant: Medical and General Research Ethics; Internal Medicine and Clinical Psychiatry:UKZN, Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine
Executive Member: Inter Religious Council KZN SA
Public Liaison: Medical Misadventures
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Tags: Belief, Death, Life, Longevity, Materialism, Reincarnation, Religion, Science, Spiritual Science, Spirituality
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