"I support anti-aging research and the search for longevity, even though many people tell me that this is 'against nature.' Human lifespan was less than 30 years before the Industrial Revolution, and not just due to 'high infant mortality.' Death was common, not only between birth and 10 years, but between 10 years and 20, and between 20 and 30; if the pox didn't get you, the plague gene-rally would. For the working class, lifespan was still only around 37 years when Engels wrote The Condition of the Working Class in England
. It was 50 for all classes in the Western democracies by 1900. It now* hovers around 73 years, and is increasing.....Each of these quantum leaps in lifespan, since modern technological medicine began, could be denounced as 'against nature' just as plausibly as modern longevity research can be so denounced.....I would find it most amusing and entertaining to live 300 or 400 years, or longer. (In that time, I might get smart enough to figure out what the hell is right or wrong for me most of the time, but I think it would take millenniums at least to figure out what the Ideologists all claim to know already, namely what is right and wrong for everybody.) Those who find this appalling to their religious prejudices will forever retain the option of 'suicide'
(refusal of life-supporting technology) at whatever age seems 'natural' to them -- at 30 if they think we have only become 'unnatural' since the French Revolution, at 50 if they think we only became 'unnatural' in this century, etc."
Robert Anton Wilson