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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: your question assumes our current version of life and death is correct..a state of consciousness which is communally experienced as individual and communally linear and only material. All these philosohical concepts of how reality is segmented or constructed were invented in the middle ages and earlier..none of them are correct.....to stay in a physical body state as if is the only state beneficial or capable of consiousness is assumed,but not proven.Rather counsciousness may predate matter as a primary source of reality and our life as physical is outdated modes of thinking...So in answer to your question I would not like to be in a physical body for ever..rather I am anticipating something more exciting and less limiting as a reciprical event that all life exhibits in which things reverse or become opposite...I am not in a hurry but fairly confident death is overated as oblivion..because in fact the concept of nothing is itself outdated term and word concept

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