What if we lived forever?

When I was a child, machines were made to last forever. That was one of their chief selling points. If you bought a Kenmore washing machine, you could count on it lasting a lifetime. If you bought a Maytag, you could include your children's lifetime.

That was before Planned Obsolescence.

When I was a child, everything lasted longer and worked better. Nothing broke down. Not nearly as fast, anyway. But then manufacturers in places like the United States became clear that once "everybody had one" (like, for instance, a vacuum cleaner) there was no more market for their machines. But they wanted to keep on making machines (and making money), so they found that they had to stop making machines with parts that lasted forever, and begin making machines with parts that broke down.

When I was a kid, a Hoover vacuum lasted forever. My mother used my grandmother's, and when I moved into my own place, Mom finally got a new one and gave me hers-which I used for five more years! That's why people bought Hoover.

That was before Planned Obsolescence.

Today, there is only one machine I can think of that is designed to last forever.

The human body.

We all know that your body is not who you are, it is something you have. It is a tool. A piece of equipment. A machine.

What we may not know is that it is a 1950's Maytag. An old-fashioned Hoover. It was made to last forever.

That may be hard for you to believe, but it's true. Conversations with God tells us that the human body was made to function indefinitely. In simple terms, we were never meant to die.

How is it that we do die, in that case? Why does death occur?

The great secret is, it does not have to. It never had to. But the conditions we have created-both within ourselves and outside of ourselves-have made it impossible even for this wonderfully designed machine called our bodies to function forever. Yet now our civilization has reached an interesting and fascinating plateau. We have come to an era in which our technology has caught up with our sociology, and then surpassed it. We have reached a time when we will be finding ways to correct and heal through the modern miracles of regenerative medicine the effects of a degenerative society.

We are on the threshold now, once again, of being able to live forever. We will soon be able to undo what we are doing to ourselves by creating environments within which healthful living is becoming virtually impossible, by putting things into our bodies that make healthful living virtually impossible, by producing stresses in our world that make healthful living virtually impossible.

Before too many more years pass we will be able, through stem-cell manipulation, to create almost any non-functioning body part. What do you need, a new heart? A new liver? A new pancreas? Coming right up. If you have the money (always, always, always it works that way) you'll be able to go to the Stem Cell Store and purchase repair units for any part of you that has broken down.

You think I'm kidding? I'm not. Okay, it may not be an actual cellular department store, but you get the picture. Walk into any major medical facility and they'll fix you right up.

And while we still may not choose to live forever, we'll certainly live a heckuva lot longer than our present and puny 65 or 78 or 89 years. We'll hang round for something more like two or three hundred years. And then we'll leave not because we have to, but, perhaps, out of sheer boredom. We'll want to return to the Other Dimension, and we'll do so, quite at will.

All of which raises an interesting question. What could make us want to live another two or three hundred years? Well, probably very little if our lives had to include the kind of pain, misery, and suffering that we endure today. And so, an interesting side effect of being able to live so much longer will be more focus on how to live much, much better. Because even if we will be able to run into the Stem Cell Store and get a new body part, we're not going to want to keep putting ourselves through all that we're going through these days that make us need to get a new body part. We're not going to want to endure the stress, the strain, the mess, the pain of human life as we are these days creating it. Not for two or three hundred years. Sixty or seventy years of this is enough.

So the funny thing is that when we no longer have to, we'll finally choose to eat better, exercise more, damage ourselves less (the idea of inhaling known carcinogens 10 or 20 times a day, for instance, will seem idiotic), think purposefully, and live intentionally and joyously. We'll learn to co-exist with each other in peace and harmony, because, since we won't have to die any other way, the idea of dying in war, by killing each other, will seem even more ridiculous than it does now.

Right now we think, well, we all have to die anyway, so if we have to die for a "good cause," or to protect our honor, or for whatever other reason we've given ourselves that makes war acceptable-fine. We may not like it, but we'll do it. Obviously, we'll do it, because we are doing it. Voluntarily. But when dying is an option, we'll be taking a whole new look at the absurdity of dying on purpose-and the immorality of killing each other on purpose will be strikingly and starkly apparent.

Yes, we are on the verge of living in this New Way now. Yet the question before any race of sentient beings must be: Why wait? What would it take to make our puny hundred years or less here more joyful and less painful right now? Do we have to wait for immortality to create cordiality? Do we have to produce a much more extended life to produce a much more wonderful life?

No. We can do so right now. We can do so when we are clear about The Only Thing That Matters. That's the title of a new book, which I am writing-and which people from all over the world are discussing as it is being written, right now at www.TheOnlyThingThatMatters.net.

Join us there if you like. The conversation is becoming fascinating. ...love and hugs,

Love and Hugs,




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Neale Donald Walsch

Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before beginning his now famous conversation with God.


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