In his annual speech to the United Nations General Assembly, UN Secretary General António Guterres had an ominous warning: “I fear the world is not sleepwalking into a wider war. I fear it is doing so with its eyes wide open.” Guterres was of course referring to the Ukraine conflict.
On the other hand, humanity is on the verge of lifesaving biomedical research breakthroughs.
But a funny thing may happen on the way to curing Cancer, Heart Disease, Stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Osteoporosis, Obesity, and human aging, the master disease.
The Death Society–the one we all live in–may opt for World War III.
This has happened before. The first anti-aging life-extension Breakthrough happened in the Cornell University laboratory of Professor Clive McCay ,way back in the mid-1930s. Instead of leaving no stone unturned in the funding of more research, to see how McCay’s Cornell Breakthrough can be applied to humans to free us from Disease and Aging, Washington, Berlin, Paris, and Tokyo decided instead to go to war.
War was the foreseeable result of the United States and European nations’ cut-throat competition for markets. That’s Capitalism.
So what happened when World War II broke out? Biomedical research was basically put on hold; its funding if not cut, stagnated.
So history is about to repeat itself. And as Marx famously said, the first time it’s tragedy, the second time it’s farce.
But watching a farce would be the least of our worries. For those who are battling cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other aging-related killers, it’s a matter of Life or Death.
Guterres reminded his audience of diplomats representing the world’s nations that top scientists and security experts have recently moved the Doomsday Clock to 90 seconds to midnight. This is the closest it has ever been to Homo Sapiens’ destruction.
“We need to wake up – and get to work,” Guterres warned.
Unless we demand and compel a drastic change of course in the Death Society’s powers that be, we are on a high-speed train to hell.
Elixxir is the Immortalist philosopher and author of Cure Disease, Old Age & Death: The ImmorTalist Manifesto. All Rights Reserved.
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