Today is Giving Tuesday, a day on which to ponder the change you wish to see in the world, and then help to make it a reality. For my part, I would prefer that no-one had to suffer and die because of the damage that accumulates in all of our bodies, through no fault of our own. Being born should not be accompanied by the guarantee of a slow, troubled, and painful decline and death, as it is today. We can do better than this limited human condition we find ourselves in. We can dig ourselves out of this pit. We can develop the means to repair the cell and tissue damage that causes aging, and build a world in which being old doesn't mean being diminished, sick, and at risk of imminent death.
The SENS Research Foundation tackles the lines of scientific development that are required for the first rejuvenation therapies to reach the clinic. The foundation staff unblock the work that has become stuck due to lack of tools, fund the work that has languished due to lack of interest from mainstream, highly conservative funding organizations, and tirelessly persuade the research community to take rejuvenation seriously. They and their allies, such as the Methuselah Foundation, have changed the face of aging research. They continue to produce results, and everything they have done has been powered by charitable donations, but the everyday philanthropy of people like you and I. To see this continue, we must continue to offer our material support.
Every one-time donation made today will be matched, and everyone who signs up as a monthly donor to the SENS Research Foundation will have the next year of their donations matched from the $54,000 SENS Patron challenge fund put up by Josh Triplett, Christophe and Dominique Cornuejols, and Fight Aging! We believe in the value of the work done by the SENS Research Foundation, and want you to join us in supporting that work.
We, all of us, are the first people to be offered this chance. We are the first to be alive at a time in which medical biotechnology has advanced to the point at which rejuvenation is a practical, real, near term possibility. Every capable individual in the world should be leaping at the chance to fund this research and development. But the sad truth of the matter is that if you are reading this, then you are in a tiny minority. The vast majority of people have no idea that a revolution in health and aging could be just around the corner, if only given support and funding. They believe that the rest of their lives will look the same as those of their grandparents, that aging is set in stone and cannot be changed, that they will suffer and die on a schedule.
Without funding, without publicity, without large-scale development programs, that might even become true for our generation - there are no guarantees in development. Technologies do not become widespread just because they are possible; the realization of progress requires deliberate effort and a great deal of persuasion. Someone has to step up and sound the bell, to shine the lantern. Someone has to be first to tell their friends that rejuvenation therapies are nearly here, given funding. Someone has to take the step of making a charitable donation to help run research programs, rather than just hoping for a better future. If not you, one of the minority reading this missive, then who?