Antibiotics and the Futility of Immortality Quest

by Wesley J. Smith

Transhumanists are mostly materialists. To make up for their lack of faith or hope in a post “this life” existence, they have embarked on a Utopian quest to achieve “post humanity” that will allow them to live nearly forever in the corporeal here and now.

But it’s all vanity. Real life always intrudes to forcefully remind us that no matter how advanced our truly wonderful medical breakthroughs, we are–and ever will be–mortal. No escape.

Latest example, a very scary story about how antibiotics are failing because natural selection has resulted in drug resistance super bugs. From the Reuters story:

The spread of deadly superbugs that evade even the most powerful antibiotics is no longer a prediction but is happening right now across the world, United Nations officials said on Wednesday. Antibiotic resistance has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country, the U.N.’s World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a report.

It is now a major threat to public health, of which “the implications will be devastating”. “The world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill,” said Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security.


I am not the least happy about this, of course. And I hope they find a corrective. Antibiotics are one of the prime reasons life expectancy has risen so dramatically in the last one hundred years.

But I think it illustrates the wisdom of the world’s great religions and philosophies that counsel us to keep the truth of our looming deaths ever at the forefront of our minds as a powerful means of focus. Remembering that our time is very limited is the key to living more meaningful, impactful, and righteous lives. 

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