Thursday, September 19, 2013

THYME Magazine

Citizen Journalism with a Better Flavor

Volume VI, Issue XIV

Can Google Solve Death?

That is what the 'other' weekly news magazine Is Asking [click to read] this week. Indeed Google Immortality Research [click to read] is but the latest in a long history of man's attempts to live forever. Ponce de Leon is reputed to have searched for the "Fountain of Youth." Adam bit into the forbidden fruit on the promise that he would then be able to partake of the tree of life and 'live forever.' -- Genesis 3:22

More recently, some very rich men have posed the question: "When you're worth billions, you can buy your way out of just about anything. Well, except for death of course?" --Caroline Moss

Moss writes about Tech Billionaires Determined to Buy Their Way Out of Death [click to read].

It reminds me a bit of the Biblical Nimrod, who sought to build a tower to Heaven [1.] "And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. -- Genesis 11:4 So, what really is the difference between Nimrod's Tower and the Avatar Dmitry Itskov [click to read] intends to create to 'contain' his holographic preservation of his brain.

Of course, our oldest source of wisdom has something to say about this:

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, G-d!
    How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.
If only you, G-d, would slay the wicked!
    Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries misuse your name.
Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
    and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.
Search me, G-d, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

-- Psalm 139

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