A Meaning of Life
Future Is Great was never originally intended to define a meaning in life. However, through developing the movement, we have realized its ability to spontaneously fill irrepressible desires to feel situated and comfortable, knowing that we are on a path to temper the feeling of existential vanity that sometimes overwhelms us.
Our approach is ultimately an aspiration to the ultimate freedom: that of being able to CHOOSE to live as long as desired. Everyone should have the freedom then to fill his or her life as he or she wishes; However, Future Is Great is not meant to answer every metaphysical question.
The Quest For Immanent Meaning
The need for spirituality is understandable. We view spirituality as an individual quest for meaning and context, or a quest for the meaning of life and human nature. In what way does our life have meaning in relation to what has been before us, and what lies ahead in the future?
This quest for meaning is legitimate and every individual is confronted with it one day or another because human beings are rational animals that seek answers to all questions and at all costs. The irrationality of a birth and a hazardous death without consequence is unbearable.
Future Is Great has somehow “solved” its spiritual quest: we acknowledge our wanting to live indefinitely, but rather than seeking to appease our fear of death by irrational, “spiritual” elaborations, we want to solve the problem once and for all. For this, we have chosen technological solutions because these means seem to have the best potential to achieve our aspirations.
Preserving our life by a scientific and technological method is a passion for us, and one that animates and nourishes our quest for spirituality. Living away from biological decay is more than an objective, it is also a “meaning.” Maybe the ultimate humanism. To live is enough for us. Endeavoring to this achievement is our direction. Our approach is self-sufficient, even if our spiritual response is not a part of a transcendent divine cosmic order providing an answer to of all our questions. WE choose to want to live. It does not matter if our immanent approach has no other meaning than the one WE give it.
It is ignorant, limited, and a tiny point in a gigantic universe, that we try to survive in the most optimal way possible. Future Is Great is a refreshing, optimistic, and modern movement. It is reasonable and accessible, far from the superstitious and morbid conceptions of earlier paradigms.
It is vertiginous to realize the painful cruelty of the world in which we live: we are aware of our inescapable end, which will be so often in suffering. We watch our bodies deteriorate and become more ugly over the years. As our faculties diminish, we are afflicted with chronic illnesses and our elders disappear under our helpless eyes one after the other. And yet, we are “used” somehow to live in this world. The ability of the human being to get used to the worst is remarkable. We cannot accept this for what it is!
To tolerate this cruel fate, humans have built various psychic scaffolds that are ultimately unsatisfactory and in constant tension. Rather than relying on these wobbly psychic constructions to try to settle death and make it less unacceptable, Future Is Great accepts the absurd and cruel character of our inescapable end and our utter helplessness to solve the problem – for the moment.
For many individuals, this acceptance produces an unexpected effect. Instead of a recrudescence of despair, it is a feeling of relief that prevails!
A relief because recognizing the cruelty of our fate and the dissatisfaction brought by the current paradigms makes us switch from the passive posture to the active; the lock is loosened. We recognize our irrepressible desire to perpetuate our terrestrial life and, enlightened by our lucidity, we can now question all possible ways to preserve this life and guide our actions toward this objective.
A new horizon is offered to us: to live as long as desired, surrounded by those who are dear to us.
For the supporters of Future Is Great, this target could be attainable by the technological eradication of the four main foes blocking the road: aging, disease, poverty, and environmental problems.
Honest observations will bring us logical solutions.
Even if our goal is unattainable for the moment, hoping to put an end to the inevitability of our fate and focusing our efforts and aspirations in this direction, everyday, brings us the spiritual satisfaction we need.
POST’S CALL TO ACTION
Try for a brief moment to place yourself in the perspective of Future Is Great: let go, allow yourself to consider our existence for what it is: a beloved life too ephemeral, an unfair decrepitude.
Imagine that tomorrow aging and diseases are abolished. That you can live as long as desired, in perfect health, with your dearest beings.
Wouldn’t such a future be great? Doesn’t it deserve to be tackled today? Isn’t this an extremely motivating and exciting goal, even if we don’t yet have the solutions?
Let us know what you feel by answering this post.