Son Huynh

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If you could live forever, what would you live for?

Since a long time ago that we couldn't recall, mankind has been trying to figure out a way to make them live longer, or even eternally. But for what? What would you do if you could live up to 1000 years old?

Or shall I ask another question: do you want to live eternally or do you want to stay young, like how you are now, forever?

I look forward to hearing your answers.

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    Jul 18 2013: Purpose of living changes even in ones finite life time.....if it becomes infinite purpose will also change infinitely....
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      Jul 19 2013: Very perspective, thoughtful and realistic. One of the best thoughts I've heard so far. Thank you for stopping by :)
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      Jul 18 2013: Aw I love how you are willing to help others to achieve the same target. That is very nice of you.
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    Jul 17 2013: This world as it is, is too imperfect and burdensome for one to want to live forever in it. However I will live in the kingdom ruled by righteousness and justice; the kingdom of Jesus Christ which is now, and is to come.
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      Jul 17 2013: I'm with you Feyisayo . That's two of us at least. :-)
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      Lejan .

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      Jul 17 2013: Is your criticism intended?


      'the kingdom of Jesus Christ (which) is now'

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      'world as it is, is too imperfect and burdensome for one to want to live forever in it'

      so then is the 'kingdom of Jesus Christ' ...

      or did I miss something?
      • Jul 18 2013: Hi Lejan, perhaps this might help.

        Christians allow God's kingdom to rule over their lives on earth.
        That is, they allow godly principles to govern their human lives (the now)

        In the future, the kingdom will rule in a different way, under different circumstances, under peaceful ones, and one where humans are promised everlasting life (is to come)

        I hope you don't might my attempting to clarify.
        For some reason, Feyisayo often does not come back to reply.
        Perhaps he doesn't have email alert? I am not quite sure.
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          Jul 18 2013: Hello Marry,

          thank you for your explanation, but it still does not make sense to me.

          If I understand you right and in other words: Christians 'endure' their 'earthbound service' while hoping their religion is right on the rewarding end of it, as otherwise ...

          And if Christianity was right, and their God was real, anyone would have no other choice but to be ruled by 'his/hers/its' kingdom, which thereby became no matter of 'allowance' anymore by the lack of alternatives.

          Also interesting to me is that Christians seem to believe that 'eternity' on the 'other side of the fence' definitely is greener, without knowing, which, in case of error, could result in ever lasting frustration ... :o)

          So however I look at it, to my imagination of an 'all loving creator' a 'distressed graduation process into unknown territory' simply doesn't fit in. This amongst other contradictions was reason to break myself free from Christian indoctrination, reserving my 'ticket to hell' if I am mistaken... :o)
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          Lejan .

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          Jul 18 2013: What I can truly say for 'humanity striving towards self-perfection' is, that religion didn't help to accelerate this, on the contrary, as in the past up to this very day, religion is causing a constant bloodshed since and between each other, even though all of their 'holy books' and 'holy intentions' should have prevented them for doing so ...

          How tactless and insensitive one got to be to claim to have the 'true', the only 'God'? Isn't this very absolutism nothing but a sign of the complete absence of any empathy, reflective capability and good will against all other people?

          How come that I only get to hear Christians scream if its about abortion and hear only little to nothing about the current wars on this planet? Unfortunately there is no lack of opportunity for them to raise their voices, and, given their patience in repetitive church services, their voices should be heard loudly ever since ... so where are they?

          Personally I have problems with 'double standards', as one either do what one says, or better shut up. And I am getting tiered of hiding behind 'human imperfection' as an excuse for not having gotten a single step closer to 'eden on earth' ever since ...

          I have seen priests consecrate soldiers, even weapons... pardon? Who if not them are supposed to talk them out of their service or duty if not this very last line of moral defense?

          Human imperfection again or 'double standards'' at its very best? Exceptions? Not really ...

          Historically no other 'system' but religions survived that long, so plenty of time for permanent results to have grown deeply in their societies, yet instead we perfected the art of war, the art of killing ever since ...

          In terms of effectiveness they failed and continue in doing so.

          So can I imagine 'humanity striving towards self-perfection'? Yes, I can and do and do the best I can to get there. Flawlessly? No, of course not, but I don't pretend to and without any inbuilt 'reset button' of my personal guilt and failures ...
      • Jul 18 2013: are very very observant.

        It behooves everyone to look around at religion and see the fruits it has bore.

        Jesus himself said that by their "fruits" you will recognize them.....false religious groups.

        Your comment reminded me of an interview in the July issue of a journal that strives to educate people on recognizing scriptural truth.

        In a page that deals with religion and war, the article brings to light the very same thing you mention here in your comment.

        If you would like to read the article, it is here:

        I find that the more I talk to people, and the more I read, the more I see that we all want the same live in peace and security, in a world where we all get along, and we are not oppressed by corrupt governments, banks, and corporations.

        Will we live to see this kind of world......?
        Some people seem to think so. :)
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          Jul 18 2013: As we all don't know if our eyes will open again tomorrow, we can not answer your last question, which doesn't really matter at all, but I am very certain that we as a species will get there and I am also certain that at this time the very world we know today ceased to exist.

          The transitional times we have to go through to get there may not be easy for those who grew up in the given system and who got used to a certain standard of living, but once a better framework of humanity begins to establish itself globally, we at least, and for once, have a collective goal to strive for... and that time with and not against our planet which nurtures us.

          I absolutely agree with your findings about what all of us want, and it has always been that way. All we have to do is to reclaim our right of true democracy and not to allow anyone to ever take it back from us again - politically, economically and ecologically - never!

          Just recently I saw a documentary on the Vietnam war in which was said, that at a certain point in time the majority of US citizens were against it, yet the war kept on for many more years from there to its final end.

          Was this democracy? No! And why do 'we' allow those things to happen?

          Before the Euro was introduced in Germany in 2002 as new currency, a public opinion poll of the German people was consciously avoided by the government at that time and this for not to put anything of it 'on peril'.

          Was this a democracy? No! And why did 'we' allow this to happen?

          So as long 'we' allow 'them' to bypass our right of our democratic, 'public' opinion, we have to life long, very long lives if we wish to see this new world come into being.

          As for a shortcut to this day, we may all borrow some of the courage of the ancient French people, who at a certain point just had enough, became active and changed for a better ...

          And so did the East-German people when they freed themselves off their oppressive regime. It is on us, as we are the people. Wir sind das Volk!
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          Jul 18 2013: Thank you also for the article, which I read through and also found the 'parallels' to my thought ... yet nevertheless, I seem to go compatible to religion as a circle to a square, as I have truly a hart time with fixed, dogmatic thinking. But it reminded me on - for both sides fruitless discussions - with Jehovah’s Witnesses I used to have as a student ... and missionary work is one of the worst things in my view any religion can do ... and again, only lip service and nothing else ... :o)
      • Jul 19 2013: "only lip service and nothing else"

        It seems humans in general are good with lip service.......because talk is cheap.

        That is why you have to look at the actions. A true Christian leads by example.

        I don't see believing in God, so much as a religion.
        I feel like we are a creation, and we are here to bring honor to that wise Creator who made us.
        We bring honor to him by the way we live. By the kindness and love we show our fellow human beings. By the compassion we show to those in need of comforting words and deeds. By the helping hand we lend in practical ways to those we come in contact with. This is what I have gleaned from what little I have studied scripture.

        We are so imperfect Lejan. We all carry so much baggage.
        We really do not know what our fellow human is struggling with, but we can make their burden lighter by our kindness and understanding. This to me, is being a Christian. It is a life of selfless acts, in an effort to set an example, and to bring honor to the Creator, so that others might not lose hope. I for one believe in God. And I also believe the Bible is his inspired word. It has changed my life, and I know it can change other's life also. But we have the free will to choose.

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        As for the 'we" in much of your comment, I think perhaps 'we' are not alone.....perhaps there is another force at play in the world. Because if 'we' all want the same things.....why can't 'we' achieve it?

        We have tried just about every type of government there is.
        And still, no one has got it right, to the point where everyone can have a sense of security in this world we live in.

        Something is amiss.......perhaps 'we' are not in total control?

        Thank you for reading the link I provided.
        Every once in a while I run across some really enlightening topics there, and I do like sharing what I find with others, and making people think by seeing the other side of the coin.
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          Jul 19 2013: All true Pagans, Muslims, Buddhist, Agnostic, etc. lead by example too and only those are capable to make a difference.

          Your view on being a Christian is perfectly fine with me and except the God part pretty similar to my personal 'rules of thumb'. However, the 'imperfection' of us I see different especially as I try to avoid to take it as an excuse for being the way I am.

          To 'be' imperfect needs a measure to be compared against, which brings us in the realm of 'moral definitions'.

          If both of us were grown into a cannibal society, we could have a nice smalltalk after lunch without having the slightest remorse about what we just did.

          So whatever scope of reference I choose to compare my 'imperfection' against, my 'grades' would differ according to the given definition of 'perfection'.

          By this I am not saying we all are perfect just like we are, because we aren't, yet I like to get rid of this 'negative notion' some religions casted on their people, because this sort of gloomy emotional environment doesn't seem motivation to me to change for a better.

          For instance, to me, on of the worst 'Ten Commandments' is 'you shall not covet your neighbor's wife (husband)', as it directly tabs into our biological code for reproduction, in which 'attraction' for potential sexual partners is simply inbuilt within us. And because 'monogamy' isn't a natural constant, such artificial measure of 'perfection' is inescapable for a human in most cases. But if we would slightly rephrase this 'Commandment' to 'you shall not ACT UPON YOUR covet OF your neighbor's wife (husband)', we would not face the automatism of having violated a moral code, at least as long we didn't get 'active' ... :o)

          And even this cuts short on people who mutually agree on an 'open marriage', so we may change the general concept of 'morally valid' behavior and how and if to 'define' it.

          Maybe thats why I am more fond of 'human rights' as they define 'core values' yet without giving a 'how to manual'.
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          Jul 19 2013: The arrogance and ignorance of such attitude is characteristic, especially as there are no current 'Gods' to reference to, without religion around them... But if any other view than yours is garbage to you, it is you to endure a lot of crap ... which makes earth probably so burdensome to the 'enlightened' ... :o)
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          Jul 19 2013: So why do you keep commenting then? And how do you know that there isn't anything new to you if you stop reading? That doesn't make sense to me. So if you don't wish to be bored, don't bother with those you consider 'not worthy' to your opinion. It's that simple. :o)

          If you do bother, have an argument with me, as i am willing to read through your lines and to give my views on them. That is what I consider a conversation or dispute, but it is on you to have it or no.

          May the force be with you.
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          Jul 19 2013: All I can give to you is my perspective.

          But I have difficulties to understand yours, as at the moment its empty phrases to me. Speak up your mind, try not to hide behind similes and let me see your own perspective, because all what I read is so, so old, so repetitive ...

          Why don't you just explain the intention of your 'initial comment' about god, instead repeating again, that is was misunderstood?

          If you decide not to read a book because you don't like the writer's style, how do you not consider this book 'not worthy'?

          And do you really love me? So far I don't love you, because I don't know you at all. And isn't care essential for love? What do you think, and if you answer, try to be plain in words, use easy language, try not to be spiritually 'blurry', as those things are usually used to cover up whats missing in substance.

          May the force be with you.
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          Jul 19 2013: I do not love you and continue to address you, so what does this tells?

          Probably a different understanding of the word 'love', which may be used differently by us personally and culturally.

          Anyway, your last lines now became clear to me and due to the fact, that I have no OOBE, it doesn't make sense to go on talking on this, your experience.

          Yet what interests me is your 'point of reference' to this experience. What makes you 'think', 'know', 'feel' or whatever, that the experience you had, this awe, was divine in its nature? Because of its 'intensity' 'all inclusiveness' or even 'humbleness'?

          If you are certain about your experience to have 'seen' 'been' 'confronted' 'integrated' ... you name it, of the devine, what makes you so?

          How do you exclude the possibility to 'just' have been confronted with your very subconsciousness, the very universe of the multitude of your own neurons in your brain, the very unknown depth of yourself?

          OOBE can be introduced by drugs, as well as highly intense 'experiences' and 'awarenesses', which can have a tremendous impact on those who have it, which, at least I and DAE alike agencies, would not consider a true devine encounter...

          So besides the 'intensity' of what you experience, how can you be certain to not have 'just' been inside your neural network all of the time? Pure electro-chemistry, no god at all?

          I don't know if you have seen this talk:

          The intensity and beauty in which she is explaining her experience struck me quite deep, yet nothing she said bore the slightest piece of 'evidence' for my own search of getting my questions answered.

          'how do you describe the fragrance of a rose to one who has never smelled it?'

          And how do you know what divinity is without any point of reference?

          So what, if you are, makes you certain?

          May the force be with you.

          P.S. I do not expect an answer I could learn from, but do proof me wrong ... :o)
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          Jul 19 2013: 'To blame religions for all the woes of the world is as erroneous as blaming politics or governments or weather. '

          The opposite was to remain silent about them, which, in my personal view is exactly what a 'ruling class' wishes the people to be.

          No, I take my right to be enraged about 'double standards' and 'hypocrisy', and it is those those aspects in religions and politics is what I condemn, not those who have their beliefs and life accordingly to them and this in harmony with other people and religions.

          I agree with you on the weather.
      • Jul 20 2013: Thank you for explaining your morals.
        Now I understand where you are coming from.
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          Jul 20 2013: When I was 15 I was volunteering during school holidays at the local youth centre to supervise a group of children who's parents could not afford to go on holidays with them. This project was funded by the city and a lot of fun for all of us.

          My city happen to be a place of pilgrimage, known for its statue of St. Mary which was placed in a basilica in the center of the town within a pedestrian area.

          One day we took all kids to the town center and the 'motto of the day' was to do chalk paintings on the pavement and to ask the pedestrians what they thought of it. It was so much fun and laughter unless I heard one of the children scream in pain.

          What I then saw just blew my imagination at that time. A Franciscan monk, who belonged to that basilica, was pulling one of our children at its sleeve and off the stairs to the basilica on which it had drawn a little yellow, smiling sun. The monk was furious about that child and also yelling at it. It took me a while to understand that the reason of his anger was this little yellow smiling sun drawn in chalk on that stairs, and even though when I got it, I couldn't get it ...

          For the reason to protect a child who didn't do anything wrong, that day became the first in my life to stand up against an adult, who was not a member of my family, and who should not have been the cause for me to do so ...

          A little yellow smiling sun ... we didn't wipe it off as ordered, and it outshone both crosses of the twin-towered church that very day by far ... :o)

          And how to explain a child of what just happened. I don't remember what I said, but I assume I wasn't quite convincing ... :o)

          Compared to what I learned and experienced later about what happened and happens under the name of 'Jesus Christ', this little story renders almost irrelevant ... but to my own surprise, to me, it doesn't and marked a turning point in my view on certain things ...
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          Jul 20 2013: It is interesting, because whatever I say, whatever words I use, the carefully chosen or unknowingly false ones, the reactions I read in your lines feel to have a sublime but at the same time hostile note to them.

          It feels to me as if you are either 'hurt' by something or 'alone' by something or 'bitter' about something or all at the same time.

          I didn't ask you to proof anything to me, how could you on such a topic? I simply asked you 'how do you know'?

          I am irritated about your comments on the neuroscientist, it reads as what she describes is OOBE third class, or worse, or NDE, as you framed it. It reads degrading.

          I thank you very much for the describing part of your experiences, as it allowed me to catch a glimpse of a faint shadow on what you went through, which was interesting to me.

          Personally I am not certain about my very existence, never was, and probably never will be. I don't know what reality is, which reality is, if there are realities at all or endless ones. But I enjoy myself and others as long it lasts and I can. I try to stay curious and to find my answers and gaps. The unknown depth of a neural network is as full of awe to me than the unknown depth of the universe. It may be alike, it may be the same, I don't know.

          But despite all this I like to end this our conversation at this point, as for reasons I am not able to describe more clearly than in the introduction above. It doesn't feel good to communicate with you, about which for the sake of symmetry you hopefully feel the same.

          Thank you, farewell and may the force be with you!
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          Jul 20 2013: Lejan don't you recognize your own words? Interesting how you run from them when they are directed back at you.
      • Jul 20 2013: That was a very revealing story.
        It seems that your insight and perceptive powers were already at work there, in your days of youth.

        I have had many similar experiences......there is an anonymous quote that I have in my collection, which comes to mind....let me go get it.........

        “Righteousness without love makes us hard.
        Faith without love makes us fanatical.
        Power without love makes us brutal.
        Duty without love makes us peevish.
        Orderliness without love makes us petty.”

        Ever since I read it, it made me realize that I don't have to be loveless.
        That my beliefs should make me a loving person, willing to listen, and to find common ground with all others of my kind.
        It is what makes me human.
        If I were an ant, I would not sit and try to reason with an ant-eater.
        Nature makes animals eat each other.
        It is the way things are.

        But we are not animals.
        We have intelligence.
        And we can change our mind, our way of thinking, IF we want to, WHEN we want to.

        People who live only for rules can fall into the trap of being loveless.

        That monk obviously valued a cement stair, more than he valued a child's imagination and his ability to render homage to one of God's creations.........the sun.
        If he had stopped and thought a little, he would have realized that water would have dissolved the chalk. He could have waited until nightfall and washed it himself, discreetly, without hurting anyone's feelings. Or he could have waited for God to do it himself in the next rainfall. :)

        That moment in your life, still vivid in your memory, may be used as a teachable moment.
        Within it, is a lesson on all of the parties involved.

        How upbuilding all of us can be if we live by a principle found in the scriptures, which Paul wrote: “Clothe yourselves with the tender affections of compassion, kindness, lowliness of mind, mildness, and long-suffering. Continue putting up with one another and forgiving one another freely."
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        • Jul 21 2013: Chris, thank you for your kind words.
          I am humbled.

          You know, the scriptures use the expression "balsam in Gilead", to denote the therapeutic healing needed to treat the shattered spiritual condition of the Israelites during Jeremiah's time.

          Today, there are also many people who are in a similar condition.
          If one person receives "salve" as a result of my words, then I have done my job. :D

          And, I quite like your analogy of the is going into my collection of quotes.
          There are so many lessons to be gleaned from creation's wonders!!
  • Jul 19 2013: If i could live forever i would probably wish to be transformed into something/someone else.

    We need to realise that immortality is not about not dying .
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    Jul 18 2013: Easy, the happiness of other people
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    Jul 17 2013: Exponential growth in all possible aspects.
    I would upgrade myself so I can transform into something completely different.
    I would take my time though, as there is no hurry.
    And of course, I would like to have some entities who are somewhat similar, in order to get mutual benefits from each other (although being able to split in two might be a cool feature).

    There is so much one can do and figure out... Even if I would do all that I could imagine now, there is so much much more than that... so endless life and consciousness with memory can be so much fun to experience!
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    Jul 17 2013: i would change goals every 50 years.
  • Jul 17 2013: Oh, I think taking advantage of lifetime memberships, subscriptions, pensions, and warranties would be a good start.

    But really, i think my curiosity about how my family would continue, what new discoveries would be found, and how some of today's problems will be solve would motivate me to continue.
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      Jul 17 2013: It is very interesting to hear about the lifetime memberships. That is very wise of you I have never thought of it (:

      And yea, it would be a special experience to witness how the world would change around you.
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    Jul 16 2013: I'd like to stay young and live forever.

    On a serious note, if I lived for a 1000 years, I would seek to learn and understand as much as I could.
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      Jul 16 2013: I agree, I would learn as much as I can, and spend my time using my acquired knowledge to help better human kind. I know that sounds very cheesy, but if you are going to live forever what would be the point otherwise?
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        Jul 17 2013: I agree with you both. Learning is a life-long journey.

        @Brage it is not cheesy at all to use your wise and experience to help create a better world. It is a right thing to do.
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        Jul 17 2013: Regardless of how it sounds, those who try to live this way now would likely continue to do this. It is a gratifying life.

        What is not captured in the question, though, is how we are to assume our capacities would change over that time. Eternal life means something different if we would also retain our physical health and mental acuity than if we don't. Right now, this is not entirely in our control.
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          Jul 17 2013: That very true, I guess I just assumed that our capabilities would remain. But how would we have enough space in our head to remember everything? How would it be forgetting everything you were? And would we get old and frail?
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          Jul 17 2013: Exactly Reisner, that is the point I am trying to get across. If we could live forever but getting so weak and unable to work or even take care of ourselves then what is the point of having such a long life span.

          Instead of finding out how to live to 500 or 1000 years old, why don't we just focus on living the life that we have right now and make the most we can out of it?
  • Aug 14 2013: forever is a dream and pursuit of most people, though may be as a body or a name....and there are many people who are living eternally through the character they lived as a life...

    ...Their character, their life is a contribution...contribution to dreams, happiness, bliss and every as for me...

    Thanks and regards for asking...

    The Mindfood Chef
  • Aug 1 2013: LOVE...
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    Jul 28 2013: I'd read more books and walk more places.
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    Jul 23 2013: I have my religious views but to step out of that area and step into what a lot of people imagine, I want to see the return collision of Andromeda and our milky way. it's just finding the right spot to setup the barbecue.

    Remember, Death obscures actually grasping for you what eternal means.

    We could search out emergent societies and help guide them without obvious intrusion to a level of self sustaining growth. We could go looking for the Rim, that in itself would take forever.
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      Jul 23 2013: What is Andromeda?
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        Jul 23 2013: It's our galaxies closest neighbor and it's on a return collision course with us, There's evidence that point to Andromeda clashing with us billions of years ago and now it's coming back for round 2, I think it will intercept in 4 billion years but then years wouldn't matter to you if you were immortal.

        Wouldn't it be great to set off on a great long trip to find the Rim of the Universe? but then you could never actually get to it or if you tried tried jumping beyond it's estimated area of location you could jump straight out of existence, which means you're dead or you return back to your launch place and not realize you were "Pinged" back. You might even think your jump system malfunctioned. Anything could be possible out close to the Rim.
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    Jul 23 2013: indeed it is not possible but i ill try to spend my life in serving only and serving of deserving people........... only, to help them an
  • Jul 21 2013: I would live for teaching others to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." This basically means furthering understanding, compassion and love.
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    Jul 20 2013: Sorry Son, I think we 'slightly' drifted off topic, but as the dispute about religions seems to go on 'forever' I probably felt legitimized to keep on writing on this 'thin' connection here ... :o)
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      Jul 20 2013: It is not a big deal. It is interesting to see where the dispute would go. Religion is also a big influencing factor when people talk about life and death and the eternal life and all of that.

      And you know, when ideas and thoughts start flowing, it is not a very good time to cut it off and start a new conversion where you can continue to discuss. It will just make people lose interest. So please don't hesitate to continue if you wish.
      • Jul 20 2013: "when ideas and thoughts start flowing, it is not a very good time to cut it off and start a new conversion where you can continue to discuss"

        This is going in my collection of quotes.

        How very wonderful of you to make this observation.
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    Jul 19 2013: Living is something worth dying for. Time doesn't matter.
  • Jul 19 2013: I would learn the world. Not just touch upon everything, but master everything. That would keep me occupied and happy. I wouldn't want to stay the same though. I would like to be able to slowly change my age (if I had a choice) because that would hinder social mastery of all ages and culture of age.
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    Jul 18 2013: Happiness

    I would live for happiness always

    forever ,where ever with whom ever with what ever.
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    Jul 17 2013: Changing Ideas
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      Jul 17 2013: Be specific. What ideas would you change?
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        Jul 18 2013: How could I possibly know? I don't even foresee my life for the week to come, and 'forever' is many more weeks than that ... :o)

        Also I think, that our 'current minds' are not designed to 'withstand eternity', or at least a larger portion of it, and what happens to them once they reach their 'best-before dates', I don't know either.

        By experience I learned, that extrapolation of me in 'the future' didn't come true most of the time, as I neither became a fireman, astronaut or super hero ..., well, I didn't give up on the last one yet, but given my potentials, even two eternities may turn extremely tight on this project... :o)

        And to be specific on the future you better stay blurry ...
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          Jul 18 2013: I love your sense of humour. You are right that we cannot be certain about the future. So let me rephrase my question. Because we are unlikely to live forever, so for as far as you can see yourself living, what ideas do you want to change?
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        Jul 18 2013: For the moment I am going to change my activities to become meaningful to me again, which, over the years, became only a hope yet never turned out this way. And even though it took me some while, I now know which steps to take next. Further than that my future fades in sweet blurriness ... :o)
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    Jul 17 2013: Hello Son Huynh, and welcome to TED conversations!

    I accept the circumstances of the life adventure, and whether young or old, I live the human life exploration with intent to learn, grow and evolve as an individual while contributing to the whole of humankind to the best of my ability.

    I probably would not appreciate being in the same human form for 1000 years, but to the best of my knowledge, I have not done that before, so you never know!!! LOL:>)
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      Jul 17 2013: Thank you for sharing your view integrated with the religion background where you come from. It is very nice to know that you have a role model to follow and this figure helps you to target your life towards a common goal.
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    Jul 17 2013: For everyone and especially those who do not wish to live that long, if it is quite boring to live forever, why is some people finding a way to make it work?

    Do you think it is a waste to invest our resources, which is already scarce, in discovering new methods that could extend people's life span as long as possible? Or should we rather focus on improving the quality of the current lives that people are living?
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      Jul 17 2013: Son Huynh and Kate,
      I also am ready to go when it is time! Science/medicine will probably continue to evolve with ways to keep us living longer and hopefully more healthy.

      When I managed elderly housing, people would sometimes need emergency services, they were resuscitated, brought to the hospital, kept alive, discharged, and came back to their apartments. Several times, the older folks (80-100) confided to me that they DID NOT want to continue to live. They DID NOT want to be resuscitated......but they were.

      This was many years ago, before Advance Medical Directives including DNR (do not resuscitate) were well known and accepted. Although some people may be pushing for more research and longer life, to a certain extent, we have a choice.
  • Jul 17 2013: Live to not due But if one were healthy and well it might be good but the Human Hayfleck limit is limited.
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    Jul 17 2013: No thanks! Living for longer than the current human lifespan would be hell. I've no interest in extending my life beyond the normal.
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    Jul 17 2013: My answer:

    If I could live forever, I would live for nothing.

    Then, there would be no happiness
    and thus no driving force to live.

    (Be Happy Validly! p 4)