Who Wants To Live Forever?

An interesting exploration on life and death, and what it means for the living!

Lawrence of Canadia

Freddie Mercury circa 1978 Freddie Mercury circa 1978

In the May 2013 edition of National Geographic I read a very interesting article by Stephen S. Hall about how genes may hold the key to prolonging life. I’m not going to talk about the article but it inspired me to communicate my thoughts on immortality.

History is filled with mythological beings who were immortal. The Gods of Olympus. of Greek mythology, Sir Galahad from the Arthurian legends and John the Apostle to name a few. However history also contains legends of people who gained immortality through various means (or at least thought they had):

The first Emperor of China Qin Shi Huang Di (259–210BCE) sent hundreds of people to find the legendary elixir of life. He eventually died of mercury poisoning from pills prescribed to him by his doctors (See below).

First Emperor of China died from mercury poisoning First Emperor of China died from mercury poisoning

According to Genesis 5:21-27 Methuselah (See below) lived…

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