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Gerald O'brian


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If the cure for mortality is found within your lifetime, would you go for it and become immortal?

On the one hand, we're not made for eternal youth. And one could argue that knowing life is short (or just limited) is what makes it worth living. And perhaps death is a major spiritual part of life, whether you believe in a soul or in a metaphorical one.
On the other hand, how is aging yet not another disease? Dying at age 80 is no more a "natural" death than being eaten alive by a bear or killed by malaria. In fact, "old age" is probably the most unnatural cause of death, statistically. So all that's probably just a cultural habit : diseases are evil but aging is good. Another point is that, well, things have changed. Perhaps our new environment makes it suitable for immortal youths.
And of course, becoming immortal only means that you die when YOU chose to die.

So would you go for the injection or not, and how do you rationalize your decision?



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    Oct 27 2013: You know that old saying" If I knew I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself " would really ring true .
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      Oct 27 2013: Jeff,
      And if we take as good care of our self as possible all the time, there might be no regrets?
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        Oct 27 2013: That is something a grown up responsible person would say , I am trying to be that kind of person , I do try to maintain that responsible way of thinking .

        I have taught my three kids to be that way , or at least try to be .
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          Oct 28 2013: Are you suggesting Jeff, that I might be a "grown up responsible person?" Yikes!!! Well, I am in some respect...AND....I like to recognize the child-like curious, playful, joyful parts of my "self" as well:>)

          You make a good point....I wonder if all those who accept the magic injection, which guarantees immortality, would be willing to maintain lifestyles which might support good health? We have a lot of people now (especially in western cultures, where obesity is rampant) who apparently are not thinking about taking care of their body/mind.

          I wonder if this magic injection of immortality would encourage MORE responsibility for taking good care of the body/mind? Or LESS responsibility? The magic injection sounds like another "quick fix" WITHOUT taking responsibility for oneself.
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        Oct 28 2013: Self-body relationship... Very interesting
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          Oct 28 2013: Well Gerald, if we're going to be immortal, we better start paying attention to our body/mind.....don't you think?
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        Oct 28 2013: That's kind of counter-intuitive, but you're right. If you're more than a mere vehicle, life and the body you occupy has more value!
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          Oct 28 2013: I am a very practical person Gerald, and I perceive my body as a vehicle. Regardless of any other beliefs, the body carries us from point A, to point B in this life experience....does it not?

          It walks, talks and has operating systems.....just like my Ford Ranger....except my ranger rolls, rather than walks, and it doesn't talk much:>)

          Just like the ranger, I put good fuel in the body/mind, maintain it, get it inspected every once in awhile, and make sure it's in good running order.....as healthy as possible:>)
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        Oct 28 2013: my point is that you'd have an ever more special relationship with the Ford if it was eternal.. not just a vehicle.
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          Oct 28 2013: There is proof, Gerald, that the ford ranger is not eternal....especially in Vermont.....where substances (including salt) are used on the road to control icy conditions. I have a great relationship with the ford ranger....I maintain it well, and it works pretty well for me. I also have a great relationship with my body/mind, which I maintain well.....here....and now:>)

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