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The Third Option

A Dose of Optimism

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When we at Trans Time talk about dying, our mood is almost always optimistic. ‘Why optimistic?’ you may ask. ‘That’s not how people feel when they talk about death.’

And you’re right. When someone close to us dies or is facing death, we feel nothing but sorrow for this person. Grief, despair, a sense of loss, all of these manifest themselves. And when the person is young, these feelings are amplified tenfold.

There is no escaping death, and these emotions reflect that. When we die, we cease to exist. Our options are very limited: burial or cremation. Both lead to the destruction of the human body, from which there is no return.

There is a third option, however, and it’s why we’re so optimistic: cryopreservation. It seems not a day goes by when we don’t hear from our fellow Silicon Valley scientists and engineers about an incredible advance in the tech world. We see the proverbial writing on the wall: The rate of technological progress has been growing, and there’s no reason for it to stop.

We at Trans Time are constantly looking at the prospects of human reanimation after cryopreservation for the near future. That’s why we’re so hopeful. We know that the scientific progress we’ve been seeing for decades now will enable it happen sooner rather than later.

There was one day, however, when our weekly meeting was not as lighthearted and buoyant as usual. Our colleague Diego, a doctoral student from the University of California in Berkeley, told us that the life of his fellow scientist and good buddy Steven was in grave danger.

This time, trouble hit too close to home. Not only was a friend’s life in danger, but the life of a bright scientist, as well. His work and intellect could potentially benefit all of mankind. As fellow scientists and friends, we were doubly concerned.

What’s more, his life wasn’t threatened by some long debilitating ailment that could buy us some time to prepare for his demise. He was facing death from necrotizing fasciitis, an acute and serious disease that has plagued mankind for all of recorded history.

Diego knew Steven was in grave danger, and like the good friend that he was, he wanted to do everything to stack the deck in his favor. First, he made sure the best doctors were on hand to take care of him. Second, he went to Trans Time to make the necessary arrangements for cryopreservation should Steven take a turn for the worse.

We learned later that the operation to save Steven was long and tedious, but medical science prevailed. Steven’s life was saved. We were very happy to find that our services were not needed, after all.

Just 160 years ago, every second person diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis succumbed to the disease. Now, only one in five die from it. What was impossible to accomplish a hundred years ago is now a routine surgical procedure.

We at Trans Time praise the advances in medicine that can cure such deadly diseases, along with the skillful doctors who are at the forefront fighting to improve and extend our lives every day.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

An absolute certainty: when one dies, intellect, intelligence, memories, experiences, knowledge, and humanity are all gone along with the body. Not an absolute certainty anymore. There is a third option!

Tell us about your work experience:

A physician with a keen interest in life extension. The creator of the Eating Applied (EatApp) method for healthy longevity.

If you participated in an End of Life Storytelling Event, tell us which Chapter or city you came from:

Dublin, CA


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