Some of the richest people on earth are spending their fortunes in search of ways to halt and reverse the effects of aging on our bodies, and to find a way to transfer human personalities to metal bodies so they can be earthbound for centuries. These wrongheaded notions are gaining steam; one recent article calls this “the year we decided to live forever.” There even is a name for this foolishness. It’s called “transhumanism,” the notion that we can escape the constraints of being human and live forever as perfected material beings.
It is tempting to call all this nonsense laughable, just the byproduct of willful scientific ignorance, and in fact it is all of that. But sadly, the scientific cluelessness that has trapped modern mainstream culture in materialism can no longer be seen as innocent. The toll it is taking on regular people who are only trying to live their lives can be tragic.
Recently I read an article in The New York Times that brought tears to my eyes. A lovely young woman was dying of cancer at the age of twenty-three. And because she had been persuaded by materialist science that her only hope of immortality would be for her to pay to freeze her cancerous brain, she wasted what should have been a beautiful time of transition from this life to the next in preparing to preserve the meat inside her skull. I couldn’t bear to read what her boyfriend went through at the dramatic time of her physical death, when he said goodbye to his beloved’s face before technicians harvested her brain. This article is full of the absolute fact that scientists know nothing about how the human brain might generate who we are, nor how that bit of frozen meat might ever again be a human being. But this whole idea of preserving brains as if they held who we are is becoming a materialist obsession. Those doing this to themselves admit that there is no evidence that our brains generate who we are; and indeed, there are creepy hints in some of the articles that I’m sharing with you here that some individual university scientists already suspect that they are in a blind alley. But the scientific establishment holds the line against peer-reviewing or funding any research that might lead someone to conclude that the mind may after all be eternal.
Of course, beautiful Kim is fine. As they were buzz-sawing her skull, she was out of her body and thrilled to be in the arms again of loved ones she had thought were dead. She must have wanted to let her boyfriend know that she was perfectly fine, but because he also is a victim of the Luddite conspiracy that is modern science, whatever poor Kim might do to help him realize that she has survived will likely be put down to his imagination. Or to mere coincidence. Or to creeping insanity.
These star-crossed young people are only two of the numberless folks whose lives have been damaged by scientists’ refusal to investigate anything beyond their dogmas-bound, materialist bailiwick. The scientific gatekeepers – the university departments and the peer-reviewed journals – are doing the equivalent of inviting earnest scientists into a room where there keeps appearing a puddle of water. These researchers are told that we must at all costs determine the elusive source of that water; and to do that, we can examine the floor. We can exhaustively study the walls. But we will lose our careers if we consider the ceiling.
Sadly, I do not exaggerate.
The insistence of mainstream science on materialism has kept the news media in ignorance, too, so many people now share Kim’s desperation about prolonging their material lives. And this is going on all over the world! Money is being poured into trying to understand the workings of the human brain out of all proportion to that organ’s value. Whenever possible, theories are propounded to reassure us of the brain’s importance. You come to sympathize with billionaires who have bought the bunk that scientists dish out, since some of them are being taken now for tens and hundreds of millions of dollars. For so long as the wealthy will fund this nonsense, the gatekeepers will shore up ignorant hopes in order to keep their income flowing. Ridiculous research will carry on.
Indeed, the very billionaires whose contributions are incentivizing universities to keep humanity in ignorance may be the greatest victims of the materialist science that they are perpetuating. Rather than living spiritually productive lives, these folks are instead accumulating material wealth as if doing that were the point of living. Who can blame them? They are winners in the game that science and our culture have insisted to them that they are playing. But these winners of life’s lottery will sadly learn at death that they were its biggest losers.
The entity who once was Thomas Jefferson communicated as Jefferson through direct-voice medium Leslie Flint in the early sixties. Having extensively studied both the afterlife evidence and the man himself, and having further been helped to recall actually knowing Jefferson in his old age (when I was his young male protégé), I can attest that this communication is genuine. It comes from someone who once had considerable wealth and power, and who learned after his death just how valueless it was. He said:
“Unfortunately the world worships material things; puts a false value on them. Man’s got to realize that the only things that matter are the spiritual things. They are the things that do not rust, do not decay. Important though these things may be when on Earth, such as wealth and position, they are infinitesimal in themselves. One should realize that one has got to progress mentally and spiritually, and if you’re blessed with worldly things, to realize their only link is, they’re there for you to use and to share among those less fortunate than yourselves. But to do as the majority do, to struggle from birth to grave for money and position and then have to leave it and accomplish nothing in consequence, seems to be a pointless and foolish attitude towards life.”
Buddhists talk about the risk of “turning on the wheel” of repeated fruitless reincarnation. A life lived without spiritual growth is a life that is altogether wasted, and its only result is that the one who has lived it will soon be planning another life without the distractions of wealth and power in hopes that this time he will get it right.