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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 22 2012: All I am saying is ...sure with good health life is beautiful on Earth...but after experiencing all aspects, wouldnpt you want more? like not having this heavy 3D body, going to the bathroom every day, not being able to fly teleport, create instantly? which things are possible in a higher dimension...where we have higher vibrating light bodies...and a wider awareness of everything?
    That is the attempts daredevils try to achive ..but can not escape 3D limitations
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      Oct 22 2012: Thank you for describing that wonderful world. I feel I visit that world often in my lucid dreams.

      Does a natural death for you get you a ticket to that wonderful world, whereas suicide voids your ticket, maybe because you "have more to do on this planet" or something like that? That's the only reason I could think of for not committing suicide so I would be very interested to hear if there's another reason for you?

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