The exciting thing about being alive is that there is always more to discover.
Our surroundings are constantly changing around us, which means that the world we explore is infinite.
The people around us are learning and experiencing and inventing things and having their hearts broken and having ‘Eureka!’ moments while sitting on benches in State Parks. Every little shift in every single person’s mind has the potential to shift your mind through their actions, and those ripples are being created every moment of every day.
What we know about science today might be defunct by tomorrow. Just as the world itself is changing, so is our understanding of it. Today, traveling faster than the speed of light is impossible. Tomorrow, who knows?
What we know about the world today might be defunct by tomorrow. We know that governments should work a certain way and that currency is how we exchange value and that music is taken in through the ear canal. But tomorrow?
There may not be governments. We may drop currency in favor of hyper-regional bartering, communal non-ownership, or be done with tangible forms of exchange and possessions completely. Music may be seen, tasted, and neurally absorbed rather than heard.
I’ve often said that I want to live forever, not just because there’s so much I want to do and so many people I want to meet, but also because the milling mass of humanity on Earth is like the greatest book ever written. The plot twists are unexpected, the characters are round and flawed and no matter who you are or what you do, you can help write the the next page.
I want to live forever because I want to see what happens next, and maybe – just maybe – help write a page or two.
Update: February 3, 2017
I still very much feel this way. Given the opportunity to live forever, I would take it in a heartbeat.
Also: I also still think it’s bullshit when someone says we can’t travel faster than the speed of light. Yes, perhaps not in the way we currently go fast, but in some other way? It takes a stunning lack of imagination and historical understanding to believe that the laws we understand today will be the same tomorrow.