What is our continuing fascination with immortality? Increasingly there are new films, TV series and books that have living-forever as a central theme. In an increasingly secular world, stories and myths about immortality are shifting from the spiritual immortality, to the promise of living forever.
To set the context for this inquiry, postmodern society has been characterised by the disappearance of the meta-narratives of modernity. We no longer collectively buy into ‘grand narratives’ such as Marxism or the Enlightenment projects of linear progression that suggest logical paths of ‘teleological determinism’ – which can be paraphrased as ‘everything happens for some reason, and contributes to some good’. Our resulting world is one that is characterised by more protean and fragmented meaning: self-determinism, individuality and independence have become the goal of western culture.
The jury is out on how this modernity project is progressing, I’ve explored the darker side…
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