Saturday, March 17, 2007

On Aging

I was flipping through a magazine, and found an article that dealt with scientists trying to find a "CURE" for aging.

Yuri Orlov in Lord of War says "I don't want to be remembered..... Being remembered means your dead."

And so on.

Now, I will go ahead and just state that I'm 21, so everything I say about getting old doesn't mean much. I still essentially believe that I am going to live forever and am invincible. Only occasionally will I realize the futility of living and how I could die from ANYTHING at ANY MOMENT. And during those moments I'm absolutely terrified.

But why is there this intrinsic fear of aging? I know it's partially because of the impending doom ahead, that every second of life is just a countdown to our potentially painful death. But aging does mean something else, something far more incredible: WE'RE ALIVE.