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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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  • Nov 11 2013: Of course - you would have the time to master every art possible, experience everything, and when you finally get infinitely tired of your infinite existence, you can choose to end it. All the injection would do is expand your choices and remove restrictions - which is never a bad thing.
    • Nov 11 2013: An excellent reason Tom! However, I couldn't help, but think of two questions. Now we know that you as an individual won't have any angst to finish mastery given an unlimited amount of time, but resource-wise their will be a limit, my question is then, wouldn't then there be some limitation to what you pursue? Also, would birth defects, genetic-diseases still be present in this world where no one dies?
      • Nov 15 2013: Immortality does not assure continued mental health.
      • Nov 15 2013: A fair point with the resources, however I'd argue that there'd be enough time to regenerate those resources, assuming you had the patience.

        I think, however, i would still take the choice. I wouldn't find it entirely difficult to decide either - there is still no downside to which i can see, you can still just perform 'the ultimate cop-out' and end it all. I think I'd be more troubled if the question was changed so that i could never die.

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