The Sentiments of Woody Allen on the Topic of Death

Filmmaker Woody Allen is a reliable source of pithy quotes on the topic of death, and I see that many are being pulled forth from the drawer on the occasion of his latest movie. Perhaps the best known can even be found on one of the older pages at the Longevity Meme:

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve it through not dying.

Or alternatively:

I dont want to live on in my work, I want to live on in my apartment!

And this, which comes right to the point:

"My relationship with death remains the same as ever," Allen quipped at the press conference. "I'm strongly against it."

Which is nothing more than sanity in the face of the ugly reality of the human condition - that our lives are presently limited through no fault of our own, and that we suffer and we end when we what we really want is to continue in good health to see another tomorrow. Fundamentally, the entirety of the modern healthy life extension community springs from this simple and obvious opinion, shared amongst its members: to be strongly against death.

You who read this today are, I hope, strongly against death. But what are you doing about it?


If Woody Allen is an immortalist, then why isn't he actually doing something aside from just talking?

Posted by: Maria Konovalenko at May 31st, 2010 7:59 AM
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