John Oldman, also known as John T. Partee, John Paley, most recently John Young, and many other last names, was a cro-magnon man who, for unknown reasons, did not experience cell degradation due to aging, and was able to survive for over 14,000 years from the time of his birth until the 21st century, and perhaps later. (Film: "The Man from Earth")
John, whose original name was, in fact, John, was born in Ice Age Europe during the Upper Paleolithic period amongst a tribe of Cro-Magnons. He grew to maturity, and stopped aging at 35. His tribe came to think of him as magical and allowed him to lead the tribe, as he didn't age. When they finally began to fear him and chased him away, he moved on and lived with other groups, beginning a tradition of moving on every time people start to notice that he doesn't age, roughly every decade or so, which would last the next 14,000 years of his life.
John moved between hunter-gatherer tribes and migrated throughout Europe.He slowly went east, towards the rising sun, thinking it would be warmer there. Meanwhile, the Ice Age gradually ended, and John witnessed civilization emerge, as the hunter-gatherer lifestyle gave way to agriculture and animal husbandry, villages emerged, and then grew into cities as the state emerged. John found moving on, which had been easy as a hunter-gatherer, to be more difficult than moving on between villages, and even more so when organized urban civilization came about. During the early Bronze Age, he arrived at a large body of water he believed to be the Mediterranean, and continued east, following the trade routes. He settled in ancient Sumer, where he lived for 2,000 years, after which he lived in Babylon under Hammurabi, then was a Phoenician sailor for a time. He finally arrived in India, where he met the Buddha, and studied under him until his death. During his time in the east, he lived in both India and Tibet, where he also learned eastern medicine and tricks on how to slow his body processes to make himself appear dead. He returned to the Mediterranean region and lived in Italy during the period of the Etruscan civilization, then under it's successor, Rome. Disgusted with how brutal the Romans became, he moved to the Middle East and passed on the Buddha's humanitarian teachings, while also doing some healing based on the eastern medicine he had learned. The Roman authorities viewed him as a dissident and crucified him. After slowing his body processes so as to appear dead, as he had been taught to do in the east, his followers took him down from the cross and placed him in a cave, where his body normalized. As he left the cave, some followers standing watch saw him, and they were too ecstatic to listen to his attempt to explain. John then moved to Central Europe to get far away from the whole thing. Meanwhile, the illusion of the Resurrection had been born, and Christianity evolved. His name being translated into several languages ultimately evolved into the now familiar Jesus Christ during the Middle Ages.
The 16th Century to the 20th CenturyEdit
John then spent centuries living in Europe. At certain points in time he gained wealth and power and owned castles. He was given a chance to sail with Columbus, but declined, as he believed the world was flat and that Columbus might fall off the edge, as well as the fact that he did not consider himself an adventurous type. In the 1600s, he met a man who might have been just like him, and and about 200 years later, thought he saw him again in a train station in Brussels but lost him in the crowd. Among other things, he earned a degree in biology from Oxford in 1840, and spent a year in jail in Belgium in 1862 for falsifying documents as he attempted to move on. In the late 1800s, he was a pig farmer in France when met and befriended Vincent Van Gogh, who gave him one of his paintings as a gift. In 1890, following Van Gogh's death, he moved to the United States with a group of French immigrants. In Boston during the 1930s, John, under the John T. Partee, taught chemistry in a local university. He got married and had a child, before moving on.
The 21st Century Edit
Telling his story Edit
Recently, he told his friends his story as he was moving on from his job as a university professor.
In 2018, John was a teacher at a university.