Immortality

Discussion in 'History and Research' started by know thyself, Jan 21, 2017.

  1. know thyself

    know thyself Registered User

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    Hi, if you could live forever, would you and why or why not?
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  2. CLewey44

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    I would. I think the stress of 'having enough time' for this or that. Or 'I'll probably never go to XYZ country' etc. I think too that most people are rational enough to at least question and/or have a little doubt about the afterlife. I'm hopeful. I realistically think everyone is an agnostic (admittedly or not) because we don't know for sure what happens to our mind, conscious and spirit after we die. Some are certain we die and turn into to dirt based on our scientific logic. Others say for certain we go to heaven or hell but can't genuinely prove it. I'm hopeful. So to answer your question, I'm good with one certainty and that's spending time with my loved ones, experiencing things here in this portion of our being. There is plenty to live for.
     
  3. CLewey44

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    I would. I think the stress of 'having enough time' for this or that. Or 'I'll probably never go to XYZ country' etc. I think too that most people are rational enough to at least question and/or have a little doubt about the afterlife. I'm hopeful. I realistically think everyone is an agnostic (admittedly or not) because we don't know for sure what happens to our mind, conscious and spirit after we die. Some are certain we die and turn into to dirt based on our scientific logic. Others say for certain we go to heaven or hell but can't genuinely prove it. I'm hopeful. So to answer your question, I'm good with one certainty and that's spending time with my loved ones, experiencing things here in this portion of our being. There is plenty to live for.
     
  4. coachn

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    Please define "you". :D
     
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  5. Warrior1256

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    I would! Telling a future generation about life hundreds of years in the past would be cool!
     
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  6. know thyself

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    "Be ashamed to die, until you have scored some victory for Humanity."
    -- Horace Mann
     
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  7. JamestheJust

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    It took me about 60 years to get my act together - giving a payload of about 20 years. It seems very inefficient to be reborn to repeat the process.
     
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  8. BullDozer Harrell

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    Absolutely wouldn't want to be a miserable freak of nature. I've read about Sisyphus.
     
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  9. Glen Cook

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    No. No. No.
     
  10. dlacaille

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    Rather than a moral decision I think this would eventually come down to everyone having a mental breakdown at some point. I believe our consciousness could not survive long term. The institution of marriage would likely disappear or be redefined dramatically too. Progress as a race would stall as those who have done something a certain way will want to keep it that way, and the natural process of aging wouldn't remove those members from society. The Earth would eventually be unable to sustain us, unless human reproduction stopped in the coming few decades. Plenty of sci-fi books with this theme. But at the end of the day, I think we take what we have "imprinted" and move on. We have grown. If we don't have that chance to move on, we are missing the University experience for fear of leaving pre-school. So, no, living forever isn't ideal for me, but I wouldn't mind at least a guaranteed solid 150 in good physical and mental health

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  11. CLewey44

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    Soylent green would solve that problem. :p
     
  12. ace_avitus

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    You are looking at this as if everyone is going to live forever, the question is, if YOU would want to.


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  13. LK600

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    No... I really don't think so. I would be alone, always. Everyone I know and love would die leaving me unwilling to build close relationships. I would not want to out live my children.

    Everyone living forever would actually mean no one living forever; the world could not sustain us. N0... while I would like to petition God to give us time frames like those originally in the old testament, I most certainly would not want to live forever. I think the emotional trauma of it would be akin to torture.

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  14. Bloke

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    I'd love to live forever, but it seems grossly unfair, imagine if the world was full of all of those who had ever lived and what it would be like. A crowed horrible place, so I guess I'm happy to move aside (die) and let others have a turn at this wonder full thing called life... but knowing I will need to vacate my space one day, I'm gonna enjoy and make the most of it while I have it (he says working at 9:57 on a Friday night working on an email migration project....sheeze... but it is for an organisation which does a lot of good :) )
     
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  15. Warrior1256

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    Sounds good!
     
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  16. BullDozer Harrell

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    And have many call you a liar or an old kook. Yeah that sounds like a fun part of immortal life.
     
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  17. Warrior1256

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    As an immortal I doubt if I would care what anyone else thought of me, lol.
     
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  18. jwardl

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    I think not. While it's an intriguing thought, fiction such as Highlander and various vampire stories have prompted me to give it a great deal of thought, and age has added to it.

    In my early 50's, I'm already beginning to notice friends, relatives, brothers, and associates of others pass on more frequently -- and realize that with age, this will become even more common until the day I'm among them. How lonely it would be, I think, to know you will outlive everyone you meet, like, and love. There would always come others, yes, but I think the continual loss of those who are dear to you would take a toll over the centuries and make one feel disconnected from the world around him -- such connection being essential for happiness and emotional health.
     
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  19. Warrior1256

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    You do make a excellent point!
     

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