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Being Mortal: Pain, Aging and Dying

Last few months I was reading Scott Snyder’s Batman: End Game. By introducing a new perspective storyline for The Joker, Snyder really nailed the readers. Well, spoiler alert, in this storyline, the Joker firstly introduced as a man within the Gotham from the first time the city was ever created. His age is the same old as the age of the Gotham city itself.Just like the Lazarus pit effect on Ra’s, the cells on the Jokers also unraveled his secret of immortality. Immortality?

As a human who having limited life span, we are facing the same old problems within the history of our humanity. Throughout history, kings, conquerors, and warlords had the power to command entire empires to wage wars, but there was one thing that was forever beyond their control:Aging.

Many early kings, like Emperor Qin who unified China in 200 BC, sent huge fleets of ships to find the Fountain of Youth, but all failed. Well, they accidentally found Japan instead of that fountain. This story also inspires filmmaker as depicted on the last Pirates of Caribbean movies which involve the Fountain of Youth.

For decades, scientists believed the life span was fixed, we can’t change the “code” inside. But in recent years, this view slowly crumbled. The secrets of the aging process are now being unraveled. The key for this process: Genetics.

Now scientists know what aging is. It is the accumulation of errors at the genetic and cellular level. For example,metabolism creates free radicals and oxidation, which damage molecular machinery of our cells, causing them to age. In a sense of physics, the buildup of these errors can be explained by the second law of thermodynamics: Total entropy. Chaos always increases. This second law is inescapable. Every living thing, even the universe itself is doomed to wither slowly and then die. Thus, scientists developed a theory to slow down this “chaos” and specifically microbiologists try to determine our genetic codes which the aging process took place.

Those Kings realize how powerful they can get if they can decode “The Aging” process. They simply appreciate their own life. Well, to control their entire empires perhaps. While those old Kings and scientists nowadays trying to value human life in their own perspectives, on the other hand, some of the youngsters ended their life tragically: Suicide.

What prompts a person to take his or her life? No one really knows. We never get to talk to people who have committed suicide. Some research says that many suicides are impulsive acts because of something snaps in mind. Many are sparked by intense feelings of anger, despair, hopelessness, or panic.

The first killing in our history was given in many ancient texts in Abrahamic religion such as in the Torah, Bible or Qur’an. In the Qur’an, we can found those text as described in surah 5 ayah 31 and 32. Thus,  ﷲ condemn killing a soul. One who kills a soul unless for a soul of corruption,it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. Whoever saves one, it is as if he had saved mankind entirely.

I didn’t really get it about those youngsters, why?

Just admit it. We are just a mere human being. Mortal, for now. Unless the scientists decode those immortality keys, we will experience pain, aging and withered, then die. Appreciate your own life.Live to the fullest.

فَبَعَثَ اللَّهُ غُرَابًا يَبْحَثُ فِيالْأَرْضِ لِيُرِيَهُ كَيْفَ يُوَارِي سَوْءَةَ أَخِيهِ ۚ قَالَ يَا وَيْلَتَاأَعَجَزْتُ أَنْ أَكُونَ مِثْلَ هَٰذَا الْغُرَابِ فَأُوَارِيَ سَوْءَةَ أَخِي ۖفَأَصْبَحَ مِنَ النَّادِمِينَ

مِنْ أَجْلِ ذَٰلِكَ كَتَبْنَا عَلَىٰ بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ أَنَّهُ مَنقَتَلَ نَفْسًا بِغَيْرِ نَفْسٍ أَوْ فَسَادٍ فِي الْأَرْضِ فَكَأَنَّمَا قَتَلَالنَّاسَ جَمِيعًا وَمَنْ أَحْيَاهَا فَكَأَنَّمَا أَحْيَا النَّاسَ جَمِيعًا ۚوَلَقَدْ جَاءَتْهُمْ رُسُلُنَا بِالْبَيِّنَاتِ ثُمَّ إِنَّ كَثِيرًا مِّنْهُمبَعْدَ ذَٰلِكَ فِي الْأَرْضِ لَمُسْرِفُونَ

Then Allah sent a crow searching in the ground to show him how to hide the disgrace of his brother. He said,”O woe to me! Have I failed to be like this crow and hide the body of my brother?” And he became of the regretful.

Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors. [QS. 5:31-32]

Reff:

Kaku, Michio. The physics of the future: The inventions that will transform our lives. Penguin Books. 2011

*as a reminder for the tragedy happened on my surroundings*

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