Do you know who lived most in the world? As per the records available to us, it is Jean Louise Calment of France who lived 122 years. (He was born on Feb21, 1875 and died on August 4, 1997). The American, Carry white, comes second and she lived for 116 years. She was born on Nov.18 1874 and died on Feb.14, 1991. It is generally believed that man’s maximum life span is 120-125 years. Each one –however mighty he might be- has to say final adieu around that period.
But the average life-span is hovering around 85 in the advanced nations and is much below in the emerging nations. Man had been dreaming to overcome death from the time he became capable of reasoning and dreaming. But death still haunts man and man has not been able to extend his life span by any appreciable stretch. How to conquer death, how to delay ageing? Man has always been after these. Food control, exercise, the conquest of bacteria and viruses et all haves not helped him to push death any further. Well, they have helped him live youthfully even in advanced ages. But man’s life-span hover around where it was: he still cannot live beyond 120-125 years.
According to Aubrey de Grey, a British researcher, man is on the verge of conquering death. He believes that a man who will live 1000 years has already been born. Dr. Ray Kurzweil thinks that man can live forever. Whatever man conceived and believed he has achieved. And he has been consistently dreaming to conquer death. Who knows there might come a time when man will die when he wants to.
Ben Abba, an American, claims in the net to have met a man 2800 years old! He has been living around the Mediterranean sea. He speaks Aramaic, the language of Jesus and has photographed himself with Marie Curie. A wild imagination? Can man live beyond 125 years? Researchers believe that if Calorie control is effected from very young days the whole process of ageing can be slowed down and man will be able live beyond 150. But will man be able to conquer death? Nobody now seriously thinks so.