by Chris Campbell
Laissez Faire Books
Reporting from Tijuana, Mexico…
“All living things,” Stephen Cave writes in his book Immortality, “seek to perpetuate themselves into the future, but humans seek to perpetuate themselves forever.
“This seeking — this will to immortality — is the foundation of human achievement; it is the wellspring of religion, the muse of philosophy, the architect of our cities and the impulse behind the arts. It is embedded in our very nature, and its result is what we know as civilization.”
Humans, it seems, have always been fascinated by the idea of being immortalized. And, according to Cave, this fascination has been the impetus for civilization itself.