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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?

Thanks!

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  • Nov 11 2013: No. Here is the problem no one seems to get. With enough time you could master every discipline that even remotely interested you. But only age brings wisdom. A race of immortal children will act exactly like that. Children. What makes you think a long life span would make anyone anything but a really good slacker? Where is the root of empathy if not in our shared suffering? Make no mistake, our mortality, our frailties, are as integral to our humanity as our intellect and genetic structure. All of this is without considering the issue of consciousness and the soul.
    Also imagine laboring for centuries as a barista at Starbucks`
    • Nov 12 2013: "Make no mistake, our mortality, our frailties, are as integral to our humanity as our intellect and genetic structure. "- I agree and like that. Because we are mortal and fragile, our lifes are more valued.

      And btw, you can --never-- master a discipline, let alone multiple or every. An individual cannot move further than it's race. A good film to bring out more perspective on this is "Man from Earth". The guy lived 10k years but still could not master even 1 field, because of time and overall progress. It's also beautifuly explained in the movie itself.

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