Never say “never”, but above all never say “forever and ever”. “Until death do us part” is already unrealistic, given the 50% divorce rate. Even the Sun will be switched off five billion years from now. In the more immediate, actually predicted future – less than a century from now – death itself will have become an option. It, of course, already is, but most of us would never commit suicide. “La Mort de la Mort”, Dr L. Alexandre’s 2011 entirely credible prediction of a-mortality, has not yet become part of our thinking. But our grandchildren will see it happen.
For the nonce, most mortals continue to think they are immortal, that they will survive death in an “after-life” – the ultimate in wishful thinking. They believe that they and the world were created by a “God” who had no beginning and will have no end : He was, He is and He ever will be. Such belief in Him is waning but will never (?) disappear : believing in life after death is necessary – for them – to make sense of both life and death.
One might wonder, however, how believers are going to react when technomedicine makes it possible for some of us to at least postpone our death, indefinitely. Dr Alexandre’s latest work, (2017), “La Guerre des Intelligences”, already mentioned several times recently in this Blog, leaves little doubt about the inevitability of science making a-mortality possible. How will this affect people’s belief in God and in their own personal eternal life – true immortality, not mere temporary a-mortality ? My guess is : not at all. There will a lot of discussion of the subject, once the medical science born of Artificial Intelligence makes a-mortality accessible. But people will go on living and dying – including the a-mortals, as vulnerable as the rest of us to being bumped off or blown to bits by some bastard’s bomb – and continue believing in God, Heaven and Hell. And, with luck, some of them will continue to stumble on this Blog – which will certainly survive after its author’s demise – and discover the truth that will make them free. Forever and ever.