You Wouldn’t Want To Live Forever, Here’s Why!

Who doesn't want to live forever? Imagine having, literally, all the time you want! But, is immortality even possible?

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Time After Time by Prairie Kittin
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What does science say?

This is not a simple “yes” or “no” question. Back in the 1800s, the average life expectancy was 35 years, nowadays, it is about 75 and 80 for men and women respectively. This begs the question: Will medicine reach the point that it could prevent death as if it was a disease?
There are many problems with achieving immortality, and being alive is ironically one of them, your body works against you, as you live, the cells will accumulate wastes, their ability to divide will decrease, and mutation rate will increase hence why cancer is common in older people. Even if we find solutions for most of the problems, that wouldn’t mean we can live forever, rather than expanding our lifespan, and it certainly wouldn’t prevent death by accidents. So, the best that medicine can do is increasing the lifespan, to a certain number, maybe even to 1,000 years. Luckily, however, that is not the only way to live forever, artificial intelligence is growing exponentially and it’s only a matter of time till we are able to build silicone based brains that can contain our consciousness, with the advantage of having a replaceable body, one that can be fully, or partially, replaced to ensure true immortality. Spooky, isn’t it?

But, as exciting as that sounds, I don’t think you would want to do that. “Why?” Because, would you choose to live inside a senseless can?

The hard choice… Or, is it?

Living forever may sounds cool at first, but once you really think about, you might change your mind, or even hate/fear the idea of living long. Whether you choose to lengthen your life by few decades or hundreds of years, through medicine, or you choose to live as robotic human for eternity, living this long would mean watching your loved ones, family, friends and peers die. The reason for that is simple, not everyone will have the privilege of being immortal. Living a long life will have a huge emotional and psychological impact that not everyone would tolerate.

Now, if you can withstand the loneliness and the inevitable lost of the people you let into your life, there is an even worse problem, it is the way we experience time. Do you remember how your childhood years were long and, now, the years just go by so quickly? For a 5 year old child, another year is about 1/5 of his life, which means 20 percent of his life. For a 20 year old adult, another year is about 1/20 of his life, which means 5 percent. Imagine how would a year feels like after living hundreds, thousands or millions of years. Now, this also affects our ability to experience time, memories, which will affect many other aspects of our life.

After reading this, will you still choose to live forever, if you had the chance?

Tell us your ideas and comments about this, what do you think?