Who wants to live forever?

Jul!a Jul!a
Aside from getting Queen stuck in my head every time I see this article, it's actually a pretty good read. The basic gist of it is that with the way research is going right now, the first person to live to 150 has already been born. And the first person to live to 1,000 will be less than 20 years younger than that person. By using cell therapy, these scientists are hoping to be able to develop a way to just maintain your health and prolong the diseases that usually kill in old age.

I'm a little torn on this because honestly, it sounds pretty cool and like a great way to save a lot of lives and give people more time to make something of themselves. But at the same time, what happens to the already overpopulated planet when we stop dying at "reasonable" ages?
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Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
There's actually a good sci fi series that examines this question. The "Serrano Legacy" books by Elizabeth Moon. The first book in the series is "Hunting Party", but the question of what happens when people basically achieve immortality doesn't become a main issue until later in the series.

Overpopulation isn't the only problem, what happens when younger people have no chance to advance in their chosen profession because the older generation isn't retiring? What happens to those who never even begin a career because there is no need for new workers? How does the chance to live forever affect people's willingness to take risks? It's a pretty cool series.
Rockin' Rockin'
Reading stuff like that just makes me tingly all over! I get excited about it, but I also worry about the issues, like you and Ivy mentioned.
Jul!a Jul!a
Originally posted by Ivy Wilde
There's actually a good sci fi series that examines this question. The "Serrano Legacy" books by Elizabeth Moon. The first book in the series is "Hunting Party", but the question of what happens when people basically achieve ...
I'm going to have to make the time to get and read those books. Those are my biggest concerns with "living forever" and it's always neat to see how these things can play out.
Vaccinium Vaccinium
I'll die when I die. I'd rather than not be before my kids get settled in their own lives after they are done with school, but any time after that is acceptable. I have no interest in living longer than nature intended me to.
Chilipepper Chilipepper
The super-rich elite living forever on the backs of the short-lived masses ...

They're awful enough as it is. Don't let this happen.
MaryExy MaryExy
Fear of death haunts any depression fits I have, but I don't think I'd approve of technology that allowed us to live forever. Longer would be nice, but I think living to 100 would be plenty satisfying.
ThoughtsAblaze ThoughtsAblaze
I don't want to live forever. I actually find it comforting to know that there is a beginning and an ending to life, as living for eternity makes me imagine a life of boredeom and pain from uselessness in my old age. I also believe in an afterlife (thought not necessarily the gold-pathed streets and treasure-filled, egocentric Heaven my preachers shouted about when I was a kid), so I want to see what that's all about.
lovemuscle n cookie lovemuscle n cookie
I don't think we should be exploring avenues like this, as with the way our natural resources are depleting, we can't support people living 100+ years old or more as the norm.

While its great that our research has/is figuring things like this out, we need to apply it to other avenues.
newfoundlust newfoundlust
As someone else said I have no interest in living longer than intended. Artificial or gene therapy extension is a nightmare waiting to happen. No thanks to living extended time, much less forever.
ToyBoy ToyBoy
I definitely don't want to live that long! I want to be alive as long as my body is strong, but I have no wish to live if I am ill, in pain, paralized, in a coma, etc... Death is a guarantee, so delaying it isn't helping you avoid it. I say that 90 is about as old as I want to get, but that really isn't a choice, so I'm just gonna live my life and die when I do.
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
idk if i could i would, but i have to be in one piece. i see my grandma who is 90 and she is miserable being old. i don't want that to happen to me
ms.anon ms.anon
Only if i was happy, and i don't see that happening at such a "ripe" age
toxie m toxie m
I would not want to live forever. Not at all, no way. Death is natural and I'm quite fine with doing the cycle as it's meant to be done
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Yeah, they could live to 150...but who'd WANT to live that long? That's being 75 times two!
Ansley Ansley
No, thanks. I've always said I was going to be one of those people that lived fast and went out in flames. I still want it to be this way.

I don't want to hang around to find out just how fucked up this world will be a hundred years from now, let alone fifty years from now.
SexyLilPixi SexyLilPixi
Hell no, I don't want to live forever. Esp. if I'm really old.
Now if they could REVERSE the aging process itself....
dezzydezire dezzydezire
im with lilpixi. reverse aging and maybe...
Errant Venture Errant Venture
It kind of depends on how you age. If you're young and sprite, then living to that age could be fun, but if you're old and sore, then not so fun. But, I don't think I'd want to do it.
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