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November 24th, 2006

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04:00 pm - Knowings, personal prophecies, and immortality [trusted]
I know all of you that are reading this are fairly eccentric individuals. I'm curious as to what "certainties" you may have about the future that come from intuition, faith, prophecy, or whatever one chooses to call the deep knowing that occasionally comes to us. I have two that I know known for more than 25 years.

When I was 9 or 10, I remember thinking about death, what a waste it was, and feeling that I desperately wished to be immortal. When I next remember thinking about this I was in my late teens and I knew that I was not going to die for a very long time indeed, at least many centuries, and perhaps longer. I also remember periodic worries (as all who remember the 1970s and 1980s occasionally felt) about nuclear war and similar catastrophes. When thinking about this in my late teens, I also realized that I also knew that no vast war, ecological, or energy-related collapse would destroy modern civilization for at least many centuries.

I worry about dying occasionally, and I most certainly do not believe that various peoples and nations won't have a multitude of severe troubles (especially the third world, and possibly the US), and I'm rather expecting minor nuclear exchanges and similar problems to affect various nations in the next few decades. However, I do see both myself and industrial civilization as staying around for quite a long time indeed. I prefer to think my continuity won't come from uploading into a computer, but I have no idea if I'll be living in this body, a computer, or as a living brain in some sort of machine, only I am certain (except in the occasional periods of doubt that seem to accompany any prophecy) that my mind, emotions, and consciousness will continue.

So, what similar oddnesses to you believe/know?

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Date:November 25th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)
Everyone's best efforts always fall short. There is always something that can be done better, but we must constantly improve or perish.
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Date:November 26th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC)
I do not know how long I have in this body. Some days it seems like like everything is going to be all right, but some days I can physically feel a clock ticking down inside me. It kicks me harder and harder every day, and I struggle to make the time to work on everything I want to finish, just in case. I never seem to make enough progress.

I feel the occasionally worry about the world's cultures and the state of the planet in general, but I think those are gestalts that come from worrying and feeling concern for humans in general. I cannot help but worry about hunanity as a whole, worrying about how things will turn out for them, suffering... I think I spend more time in the shoes of others than in my own boots, some days.

I fear that the human race will all but eliminate itself before it has a chance to figure out what it will turn into next. Technology advances faster than people can learn how to use it or even understand its implications. They might waste their last chance to evolve on petty conflicts and politics and not realise that they should act as a whole to improve itself.

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