I can't seem to leave a comment on Ryan's blog, so I'll post my response here and move it over there once everything is in working order. This comment is in response to Ryan's entry, "Sokushinbutsu."
Wow. The naked will to power is nothing next to the naked will to live, and to live forever. It seems people will say, do, and believe anything just for a chance at immortality.
Although I'd like to claim the following idea as my own, Dr. Myers expressed it today more eloquently than I could ever hope.
"...eternal life. There can be no such thing. People change all the time, and the I that is here now will not be the same I that could exist in 20 years; my mortality is a part of my being, and removing that would be an event so traumatic and so life-changing that it would produce an identity even more substantially different than the vast revolution I went through 51 years ago, when I gastrulated. Immortality is meaningless and achieving it is impossible.
That's not to say we don't want a long life and will fight off death as long as we can. It's just that life itself represents a kind of incremental dynamism that can't be frozen without destroying it."