The next big thing could be inclusive fitness. It might not be in the same cohesion as with say the harmony of a raga placed side by side in sync with the latest emo jam but talking about what will be the best for the upcoming generation must have something to deal with perfect continuity. The classic exitus-reditus scheme once again has to put in the frontline its substratum of resolution towards a source that gets higher in degrees. Perfection, it claimed, is achieved through a return.
Current researches thus adjudge it correct to look at its trail in such a ‘return’ perspective: the genes, cells, blood plasma, etc. of the young generation below age 25 could be medically injected to boost the vitality of the old ones. The wonder of our rodent friends are initiating wishes to come true, as the pioneering experiments of mice prove to be applicable to humans after all. Rejuvenation is the apt term, where youth reclaims its essence. Up-to-date, there are excesses and deficiencies of the process. But it would not take long before studies advance in the process’ golden mean; its posology and bug fixes.
Moving forward to its incisive outcome, if this effect might come to mean not only reducing aging from its normal pace but also blurring the definition of a running age as it might possibly come to a stop and even move the physiological changes backward, then it carries in a nutshell the plausibility of immortality – its rigors, fascination, and deflating of the entire airship of ideas humanity has ever contemplated in its existential queries of finitude and oblivion.
It is not even a big bang. To have come up with the equation that deals with the young as the future, that is to say of what is new to marvel the next generation, is nothing that merits a shock. The celebrated futurism tangled in the reveries accorded for the young is an age-old mentality of the passing idealists. What makes this a paradigm shift is the scientific breakthrough: how the whole thought process materialized into its effectiveness as a real-time apparatus.
This further forwards the implication that to a large extent, the next decade or century is no longer a fatalistic perspective of the universe: chaos has run down everywhere where there are glitches, inconsistencies, loopholes of all sorts, much that a widespread adikia roams through the natural fabric of human societies and its inevitable decay. But this reprehensively tarnishes the novelty of the future as it stands now, because the next face of human civilization is already verging in the glorious theft, not anymore of fire, but of eternity. The stage following Prometheus and Heraclitus will fulfill a promise that upgrades reason and instability into the beginning of a stable end, a done deal with Comte or a more promising version of Fukuyama’s end of history – for the last man is not anymore the calculable goal-driven picture Nietzsche presents but the last man in the present state: a stage of time’s stoppage that signals the paradoxical emergence of higher men, and perhaps of supermen.
While science demythologized voodoo rituals, alchemists, demonic insurgences of medieval influence and primeval naturalism, it will ironically serve as the Mephistopheles setting up the bargain for humanity’s immortal birthright – science’s process shall bring forth men in the bloodline of Dr. Faust, uncovering their esoteric interests, animal impulses, in an infinite horizon opening both extremes of puritan self-mastery or the corruption of the whole moral order. The bargain does not even have to work both ways: the acquisition of immortality itself is the soul’s disappearance.
However, its quest would also denote reality’s Dionysian dissolution: those who have the power to gain it will have to put hindrances for others to do the same. One science to rule them all. For advancement was never about success but monopoly – who gets there first, who suppresses the rest, who stands above the status quo. It will not therefore be an easy bargain, for souls – in desperation, gamble, chancing, and so on – will still need to be put in the line, in which the probability of succeeding has lesser percentage than a risky participation of a Russian roulette. One still needs to go into the system of gaining more to get the prize. Reality had to teach again the lesson that the ultimate basis supervening positivism is the idea that only in science can one find salvation, at least for those who control the modern Archimedes at gunpoint.
While the young are fed with vampirism fantasies and the old fascinate themselves with their long lost vivacity, the parabiosis that depicts both as one aspiration to an immeasurable life ahead is still in psychoanalytic standards a glaring impossibility of desire. The bargain for immortality remains, as it were, a formula that needs countless resolutions. It will therefore not dissolve totally the questions of human expiration, even as it may philosophize on an everlasting concept of matter. What the bargain may offer at best is a choice, however complex it may seem – and within this realm, ethics, morality, and social justice are inherently constituted therein. It would not be a problem for me, as the case may be, if I have a lifetime to read all the books I want to read, to write all the manuscripts to clear my head, and to discover everything that the old and new world opens. But – and here goes the limiting conjunction – what would everything, minus the hyperbole, mean: what would that differ to a lifetime lived in an authentic dealing towards death. How would that affect the weight of every word, every action, every relationship that governs persons, regardless of immortality? What would an infinity make of two persons who are in love to exhaust all the possibilities of a relationship – reevaluating the limits and maturity of monogamy and polygamy altogether?
The next big thing could not simply be a smooth transition of an inclusive fitness. A brave new world could be up ahead and science will not explain for us a theory of everything. It will leave at best an open bargain that will guarantee still philosophy’s search for meaning and how living coalesces every single sophistication along with it.