“Michael Dickey, for crying out loud, what the hell do you expect people to do?”
Well, Alec, for starters, no longer being philosophical opposed to living indefinitely is a good place to start. All else follows from that. But why don’t you try asking yourself that question, I am not in the business of figuring your problems out for you. I am reminded of a quote recently run on the main page of this site.
“Dad," I said, "I want to go to the Moon." "Certainly," he answered . . . . "I said it was all right. Go ahead." "Yes . . . but how?" "Eh?" He looked mildly surprised. "Why, that's your problem, Clifford."
Robert A. Heinlein
Have Space Suit Will Travel”
I suppose his father could have said “Sorry kid, but men can’t go to the moon, deal with it”
If you have decided you want to fight for your life, what is a logical manner in which to do that? It seems you have all ready figured one out.
“Constantly "fighting" against death (when done by anyone other than scientists) does not amount to fighting *for* something, and is usually a distraction”
Then become a scientist and study senescence. Or, you could just sit back and hope other people fight your battles for you. But right now everyone who would prefer to live but isn’t much interested in putting in the effort to doing something about it is placing all their hopes in the hands of scientists who are almost unanimously philosophically opposed to immortality. Also, one needs to have a scientific mindset, not a university doctorate to fight that battle. Unless you are prepared to tell me that no great scientific advancement ever came from the mind of anyone except a university doctorate. Conversely, your statement is a convenient excuse for doing nothing, amounting to ‘no matter how hard I try I can’t make any difference’ Again, strange words coming from an objectivist. Now, If you want to say ‘na, I don’t feel like trying’ that is entirely different.
“And anytime you find yourself concocting a word like "deathists" -- it's a good indication that you probably shouldn't continue writing”
Alec, words are used to conveying ideas, not the other way around. The word death has a clear meaning as does the suffix ‘ists’. That you understand exactly what I mean is reason enough to continue using that word, even if the folks at Merriam Webster don’t have it in there yet (try looking up ‘selfish’ before you extol the purity of word definitions and usage)
Michael F Dickey