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Danger Lampost

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Why do so few people want to live significantly longer and healthier than a so-called natural life span?

As I have discussed the concept of immortality with people over the years, something has consistently surprised me. I ask people, "If you could live a much longer but still vital and healthy life, would you want to live, say, 200 years? 500 years?

Most people do not want to live that long - even if they could remain healthy and vital all that time. It seems what most people are saying, is that they actually *want* to grow old and die.

Yet we all supposedly want to be healthy and strong, and of course we would naturally want to heal ourselves if we got sick or injured - we seek health. Then why this death wish among most people I poll?

I'm obviously in the "Hell yeah, give me healthy immortality" camp, so I'm looking for help from other people in explaining the other side of this please.

Is that a coping mechanism to help accept our own mortality? Would you really turn down an opportunity to live much longer, along with your friends, and healthy?

Or is my own personal polling off? I guess we'll see!

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    Oct 20 2012: Hi Danger.
    Great question. I believe the bible to be literally true. That means I have fairly radical beliefs on this subject.
    1) Initially; before the flood; folks had a mortal life of the best part of 1000 years.
    2) Due to changed climatic conditions after the flood, our mortal life expectancy rapidly degraded to pretty much what we have today.
    3) We are eternal beings, & our bodies are merely temporary homes that give us consciousness .
    4) We have eternal existence, but whether it can be called life is dependant on our decisions in this life.

    I can understand why folks wouldn't want to live too long in this present world. It is a mess. Personally I have people that I love & care about,& I would not want to hurt them by dying (I am 61 & healthy), but from a selfish perspective, I'm not bothered about how much longer I have.

    I do look forward to eternal life however, as I will have a body designed for the job, & in a universe with none of the hassle that besets this one. Roll on....

    :-)

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