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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 22 2013: This notion is in conflict with the organic nature and processes that define and characterize life.

    I fully understand wanting to live a long full healthy life. To a large extent what makes life so precious is that it is periousabile. Also life is a consequence of natural history which means that it is developmental, best described as a life cycle with all that implies.

    I presume immortality would involve retaining our organic construction and so what value is there in extending life if one's mental health deteriorates, along with one's senses, mobility, etc, etc.? We are constructed of renewable cell units that weather over time. Just meeting the definition of being alive may best be described as hell on earth, not just for the individual, but others as well.

    Isn't it best to be daily thankful for our miraculous existence and seek to enrich this personal gift of life, despite the fact that some day life on earth will end for each of us and become history, which in turn is subject to its own fleeting life in the evolution of the cosmos, or would this creative idea imortality transend this consequene as well?

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