Is Immortality Really a Thing?

By Carlo Carrubba

The only beings that are known to have a sneak peak at what it is to be immortal are probably older than the Earth itself. They also have only a “sneak peak” of a brain.

One of these beings is a Tardigrade, which has a brain that connects to its dorsal area, and has the basic components to move, and stay balanced.

There are more than 700 species of this indestructible microbe and most scientists say they came to be 520 to 100 million years ago. This creature is also known as a water bear. It has eight legs, and is found active in moisturized environments, such as moss and lichens. These beings might be the toughest beings on earth, as they can survive years and years of dehydration, air deprivation, and radiation at mass levels AND EVEN OUTER SPACE!!!

To survive dehydration, this microbe shrivels up into a microscopic ball of dust, and “resuscitates” when the environment conditions improve. It does the same in outer space, and radiation as well. This microbe is certainly tougher than me, and will outlive us all.

The Tardigrade also has quite a few movie references. Such as in “Ant Man & The Wasp” (they are seen several times in the Quantum Realm), also, documentaries, and videos about Tardigrades have been made.

The next being that can be classified as having some kind of immortality is a Flatworm.  Flatworms don’t die easily: If you cut them, they will just regenerate.  Their regeneration abilities are most likely due to the large percentage of stem cells in their bodies. They also reproduce, every 5 to ten days, by dividing themselves. They split off a part of their body, and allow it to regenerate into a new worm. 80% of these beings are parasitic.

As for a brain, this worm has a brain which contains two lobes. They are somewhat capable of learning, and remembering, and the brain itself regenerates. Flatworms have eyes also. Their eyes are sensitive to the light, so they prefer to stay in dark areas of the sea during the day.

My next creature works kind of like a Flatworm (it splits). You may have been stung by it. The Jellyfish is a majestic creature but, do not get close to it, as you will have intense burning pain for a couple of hours, (some carry a fatal sting) and you won’t forget one second of your painful experience. I have been stung before. That’s how I learned not to get close to a Jellyfish.

Other than their stings, Jellyfish are pretty cool! And old. They have been around for 650 million years, which makes them the oldest multicellular creature on the planet!! Jellyfish may be mistaken for the adjective in their name, fish. Surprisingly, they are not fish. They are classified as plankton! It is useful for the Jellyfish to be able to clone(split) themselves, as this makes them almost immortal!

These majestic creatures don’t have a heart, lungs, or a brain. They are bloodless, so a heart would be useless. Their skin absorbs oxygen, so lungs would be useless. A brain would also have no use because of the way they perceive information of their surroundings: a nerve just below their epidermis.

So, if you ask me, immortality is real. But to an extent. And, for those of you that want to know the key to immortality…

All of the creatures that we talked about had either no brain, or a very basic, and oblivious one. So it looks to me, as if the key to immortality is stupidity.

Remember, it is not about how much time you have, but about how much of yourself you put into your time.

Peace out

Author: ottawahillsbearpause

Junior High newspaper

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