What's it to be? Fishing or walking?

Immortality means more than a long life.

WHAT'S ON YOUR "to do" list today? I need to go to the office, pick up the dry cleaning, catch up on my correspondence, think about immortality, buy some carrots for supper, and . . . . Yes, it's sort of like those multiple choice questions where you're asked, "Which one doesn't fit on this list?"

Think about immortality? Why would anyone seriously do that? Yet, it is surprising the number of people who do; though some people may not talk about it and others may not use that word. Lots of people never admit to being older than thirty-nine. Some people feel driven to have children, not so much out of love for children but for posterity, to keep the family name alive. Some swear by the life-lengthening virtues of yogurt. Then we read those semi-science fiction articles on cryogenics, where people have their bodies frozen in the hope that they can be thawed and restored in the future. And it's hard to realize that it's not really science fiction anymore.

Finally, I feel at home
April 10, 2000

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