Actually, the foundations have not shifted, but rather it is some form of our immortality that is being capitalized on... "Things" you inherit or leave as inheritance, be it a family heirloom or debt. We become immortal through those "Things".
By taking an immortal life here, we close the door to other lives and experiences that come after death.
What would I do? I must say, I'd probably take death. But why? As soon as I type it, I regret my decision. And yet I'm afraid I can't jump whole-heartedly behind the other option either.
We have two radically different approaches on this earth on how to consider death.
The first one is mostly know as the way of the sacrifice. By living a righteous life of sacrifice, ultimately offering our physical bodies to our Gods, we are promised to receive eternal life in heaven as a reward. It is a way that seeks for immortality in God, in Heaven, in the Above.
The second way is the way of the matter. With their intelligent and creative minds, humans try to acquire a total control upon their physical shells in order to maintain and extend their existence on earth almost for ever. It is the way to eternal life in the matter, in earth through our own creations, our technology.
Of course, to my eyes that is sheer ignorance concerning what immortality actually implies, specifically the ideation of boredom as an inherent human trait, though I am not a self-described transhumanist, I appreciate the fact that the more intelligence prevails the very concept of time takes on a new dimension of existential interest+pleasure.