Omni magazine has started a monthly supplement on longevity. This worried me, because a tacit assumption was made that everyone wanted to live forever and that everyone should be allowed to do so—and that if we couldn’t live forever, it was the fault of science for not being advanced enough.

To reiterate a question I have asked before: why can’t people accept death?

Most people don’t behave in such a manner as to warrant the seventy-odd years they do get. Travelling on the tube into London it amazes me to see the hundreds of commuters, virtually carbon-copies of each other, making the same journey day in, day out; doing the same job, probably for most of their lives.

I hope I don’t end up like that.