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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 21 2012: Well it could have to do with religion. Personally I would not want to live more than like 100-150 years. I feel like, even if you had friends around, I would just get sick of all the violence.
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      Oct 21 2012: Thank you Roy. I believe you are saying that you would choose to leave this planet through a natural death, when offered the alternative to continue living a healthy, vital life, because you are sick of all the violence.

      So I am compelled to ask: Why not stick around and fight the violence? And also forgive me if this sounds crass (I mean this with respect), if you are so sick of the violence, why continue living at all? Or are you saying that you're not so sick of the violence now (not sick enough to end your life), but that in another 10 or 20 or 50 years, you might be?

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