I offered strangers immortality, but only after they’d written why they want to live forever. This is what they wrote.
How it happens:
“Are you interested in living forever?,” I say to the passerby. They pause, acknowledging my existence, but don’t usually make eye contact.
I let the pause become pregnant. And I continue, “Today and today only, I have a unique opportunity for you. If you write down everything good that is happening in your life, right here on this form.” As this point, I show them a clipboard with a piece of paper attached. “I can help you live forever. All you have to do is fill out this form—writing why you’ve decided on immortality… and then we give you a small white pill. Then, [I snap my fingers] you’re swimming in the fountain of youth.
[Range of responses: smirking, laughing, confusion, anger, lack of interest.]
If they don’t punch me, I say, “Let’s get you started.” And walk them over to the table for them to write their ContraDeath™ note.
This is how the responses are gathered:
ContraDeath™ has been performed at: