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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 16 2013: If I and all others could live in a world that did not fall prey to the notion that strongest survive and all others are baggage, yes, I would stay awhile longer. As i sit here, I have absolutely no faith in the moral conduct of our human race. When and if we ever realize we are all one, all connected and when one suffers we all suffer, I'll give thought to a return trip.
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      Nov 17 2013: One way of being optmisitic about the future is reading how much pessimists look forward to die.
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        Nov 17 2013: Or Gerald we never die. immortality is not an option it is a given.
        using the term pessimism is an assumption on your part.
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          Nov 17 2013: Yes it's an assumption based on your happy comment : "I have absolutely no faith in the moral conduct of our human race".

          That aside, I think you and I need to agree on the definition of "death".

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