#21: Haegglund shows us why Wu Yun was partaking in immortality with his "seamless chromosphere":
' If something survives it is never present in itself; it is already marked by the destruction of a past that is no longer while remaining for a future that is not yet.....The survival of a mortal being is thus quite different from the immortality of an eternal being. If a mortal being "partakes of immortality" through the movement of survival it is only by temporalizing the notion of immortality. This is why the supposed "passion for immortality" turns out to be a passion for survival.....The desire for survival, then, should not be understood exclusively or primarily in terms of biological drive for self-preservation but includes all "spiritual" commitments to living on in time. It is because one is invested in the survival of temporal life that one seeks to save anything from death, since only temporal life can be threatened by death. Tet the state of immortality cannot answer to the survival that is desired. Rather than allowing a temporal being to live on, it would put an end to the time of life in favor of a state of eternity where nothing comes into being or passes away. Being in a state of eternity would therefore require that one renounce all care and become completely indifferent to the fate of survival. That is why it is consistent to emphasize (as many religious sages do) that detachment is the ultimate condition for attaining the state of eternity.'
(Haegglund, Dying for Time: Proust, Woolf, Nabokov)