A few days ago I received a rather unusual compliment, sent in an unusual way. True Immortals has got to be science fiction, but presents itself as being real. At least I think that it has to be science fiction.
The apparent narrator, supposedly named Glenn, admitted on a post earlier this month that he has diabetes. "That means it’s hard to keep my blood sugar under control, even with nine kinds of medication," Glenn says. "I’ve had it since I was little, and it’s taken its toll. At the bottom of my mind there’s a hope that if we make contact with immortals we’ll discover some way not to die."
Meanwhile, Glenn is doing everything he can to manage his diabetes. "I work with an endocrinologist, a cardiologist and a renal specialist, and I also see a holistic doctor and use supplements." And he exercises.
But it was Glenn's next sentence that really grabbed my attention. "I read mendosa.com like it was the Bible."
"Because I do all this, I’ve held up longer than my specialists expected." Now Glenn is worried that he won't life long enough until "we learn how to overcome disease and death and stay healthy forever."
A big part of me wonders if Glenn and the other people who believe that we can live forever are overly optimist. The other part of me believes that we can never be too optimistic. Better to think positive thoughts like those people who believe in immortality on earth than to wallow in negativity.
Maybe those who believe in true immortality are irrational. But my guess is that they will live longer than the naysayers among us, all the while taking better care of their bodies and having a happier life, no matter how short or long it is.