Everything breaks down. We have our cars worked on (if we try to stave off entropy), and the mechanic advices us to replace parts, that various components have reached their end of life. Of course, in today’s throw-away world, we’ve settled on the idea that it’s easier to replace the entire thing – out with the old, in with the new. And if we’re really doing it right, we recycle the old to help make the new.
That’s really more like what God (or Nature) intended, isn’t it – constant renewal? Nothing is meant to last forever.
When our bodies do it, we call it aging. We might even replace some components as we go along (recycling them from others who have reached their end of life, or using technology to create reasonable facsimiles), but eventually, we all reach a point where our personal mechanic says it’s time to scrap it all and start anew.
We have lots of sci-fi about putting ourselves in a new receptacle. Clones, brain transplants, the Star Trek transporter. But we really don’t have a clue whether we could ever get ourSELVES transferred over – is it really us, or, like in The Prestige, a mere copy? How would you know if your thoughts are your own – or merely recycled? What happens to the original, a variation of Soylent Green is people?
No one is meant to last forever, so make good use of your time here. Repair and replace what you can to keep going, but most importantly, do what you can to stay you, because YOU cannot be replaced.
Coming this Friday – “Cellfishness”:
We all think we’re singularly exceptional, don’t we? Especially in a society where less is considered more. See Miss Ribo try to keep her students from getting the wrong ideas in biology class.
“Cellfishness” is a short, speculative fiction.
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