The Fable of Dragon Tyrant

Introduction

Every now and then I get the news of someone close or whom I care about passing away, It is always when I am busy and it shocks me and it takes over my head. Often times I hear saying to myself, “Oh they were so young”, “Just met them last wednsday” yada yada and almost always “I didn’t think it would be them next”. I can’t help but think about the last point in time I got a similar news, and the next that I’ll get the similar news.

One of those fragmented points will be mine, and I would not be here to know. As most people would say, I am not afraid of death, I just don’t want to be the next. Not soon. Not even in a long time. But surely there you cant wish to live forever? you are not god? you will get old and die one day ? Its just the way of life isn’t it ? You are born, you live your life, you get old and then you die ?

Yeah surely, death has been for everyone and everywhere, Its happening as your read this very line. But, It Doesn’t have to be this way! This tells you otherwise.

Extracted Highlights

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Sometimes the dragon would devour these unfortunate souls upon arrival; sometimes again it would lock them up in the mountain where they would wither away for months or years before eventually being consumed.

After centuries of oppression, humanity at last was free from the cruel tyranny of the dragon. (Page 9)

So much had changed in the last hour the right to an open future had been regained, a primordial fear had been abolished, and many a long-held assumption had been overturned. (Page 9)

“we have come a long way… yet our journey has only just begun. Our species is young on this planet. Today we are like children again. The future lies open before us. We shall go into this future and try to do better than we have done in the past. We have time now – time to get things right, time to grow up, time to learn from our mistakes, time for the slow process of building a better world, and time to get settled in it. Tonight, let all the bells in the kingdom ring until midnight, in remembrance of our dead forbears, and then after midnight let us celebrate till the sun comes up. And in the coming days… I believe we have some reorganization to do!” (Page 10)

Rather than fretting about the inevitable, one could aim for peace of mind. (Page 10)

“Deathist” stories and ideologies, which counsel passive acceptance, are no longer harmless sources of consolation. They are fatal barriers to urgently needed action. (Page 10)

The argument is not in favor of life-span extension per se. Adding extra years of sickness and debility at the end of life would be pointless. The argument is in favor of extending, as far as possible, the human health-span. (Page 11)

Damage-limitation became such an exclusive focus that it made people neglect the underlying cause. Instead of a massive publicly-funded research program to halt aging, we spend almost our entire health budget on health-care and on researching individual diseases. (Page 11)

social orders exist for the benefit of people, and it is generally good for people if their lives are saved. (Page 12)

The lack of a sense of proportion. (Page 12)

Searching for a cure for aging is not just a nice thing that we should perhaps one day get around to. It is an urgent, screaming moral imperative. The sooner we start a focused research program, the sooner we will get results. It matters if we get the cure in 25 years rather than in 24years: a population greater than that of Canada would die as a result. In this matter, time equals life, at a rate of approximately 70 lives per minute. With the meter ticking at such a furious rate, we should stop faffing about. (Page 12)

the human spirit is good at adapting. Another issue that they may eventually confront is overpopulation. Maybe people will have to learn to have children later and less frequently. Maybe they can find ways to sustain a larger population by using more efficient technology. Maybe they will one day develop spaceships and begin to colonize the cosmos. (Page 12)

Other Comments

The thing that I like the most about this story is the fact that the center point of it is not the dragon, but the human capacity of always overcoming seemingly impossible challenges.


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