Previously on this blog:
Open Lifespan is open-ended, indefinite lifespan. I will also call it, simply ‘Open Life’. Open lifespan is based on open healthspan a technological possibility to counteract ongoing biological aging processes in the human body, to keep age-associated functional decline and increasing mortality continuously at bay.
Currently we all live a closed life but let’s assume open healthspan and ask: Instead of ‘Live every day as if it were your last’ how about ‘ live every day as if you were 10x older’?
What do I mean by that? Amongst the things you do during your regular days there should be times planned and spent, relevant and sustainable enough even for your ten times older self. Not the whole day, but parts and portions of it.
Distant future self-simulation provides continuous training for a much longer life: You should train yourself to be able to live a much longer life purposefully. Simulating the process, the state, the experience of a much longer life might help you provide handles on how to do this, now. Just wanting to live much longer might not be enough without knowing what for.
- Distant future self-simulation provides perspective for your current life: Simulating a much longer life is enriching your current life by feeding back content and principles from open life . Fill in your current life with purposeful activities good enough to stand the test of a much longer life. This type of self-feedback will give you perspective, this type of training gives you an idea on what type of activities are suitable to persist over an exponentially extended time.
These advices are framed from an individual perspective as only you can do the thinking for yourself. But this kind of thinking includes natively thinking about the social, environmental context of living 10x older, because you are not starting off thinking yourself being 10x older and living in a box in empty space. Everybody will simulate by trying to image exponential trajectories of their current lives.
The framing of the principle is focusing on the angle of the individual but exactly because it is from that first person perspective it is at the same time focusing also on the wide open imagining of the social, natural context of that individual, be it family, neighbours, bees, workplaces, colleagues, …. trees, forests, seas, this planet and other planets.
Social responsibility and ecological thinking will be much enhanced by this simulation, see an earlier post of mine on my old blog using outdated vocabulary and semantics but portable argumentation.
Consider the following practices and aspects of your current life from the point of view of your 10X older self:
1. Can your current line of work, or a derivative of that work suit your 10X older self? Now add the reverse: can your 10X older self be suitable for the domain of your work? Hint: think motivations and skills.
2. Can you imagine wanting to be around the same set of people as a 10X older you? Now add the reverse: can you imagine the same set of people wanting to be around you when 10X older? Hint: goodness.
3. Can your current hobbies or a variation or descendants of your current hobbies suit your 10X older self? Hint: learning vs. entertainment.
Recommend discussing these and further – more concrete – examples in the comments section below.
I am probably going to discuss the connection between the 2 principles, the ’10X older’ and the ‘Last day’ in a separate blog post. Please note that they do not necessarily exclude each other, the ’10X older’ principle can actually be compatible with the ‘Last day’ principle in some scenarios. On the other hand, they point towards entirely different worlds.