The Ideal of Immortality

In an update of an article from The Onion, we can report that the world death rate is still holding steady at 100%.  So you might want to read the following…..

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting;
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting
And cometh from afar;
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!

From Ode on Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood,      William Wordsworth

    That we as human beings are immortal souls is axiomatic to the philosophy of the Ideal.  The Ideal is “infinite in all directions,” including time, so immortality is a given.  However, we’ll take a look at a number of the different expressions given to this principle by some of our favorite Idealists through the ages.  (I’ve treated the subject before in both the book and also my blog,  but I hope to expand on it here.)  As I expressed in the book, I believe this to be one of the most pressing issues facing us today, when medicine can keep a heartbeat going almost indefinitely, and it is not uncommon for hundreds of thousands of dollars to be spent prolonging life of the body for just a few days or weeks.  Not to mention the whole sad phenomenon of cryogenics and other supposed ways to achieve immortality for the body.  We need to come to terms with the fact that bodies are temporary, and look at what happens when they stop.

Link to the essay.


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