There was another post on another blog recently dealing with what happens if humans live to be 1000. I didn’t read it, just saw the title, but still it’s worth thinking about. This article talks about longevity. It’s short. I will talk afterwards.
There’s still a few questions that would have to be answered if this became possible, and it looks like it may.
1) Four shots a year at what price?
I mean I doubt we are talking $100 a pop, and will insurance cover it at all?
2) Side effects?
What if you could live forever, but your intelligence would drop, say 5%, every year? Horrible deal.
What if you could live forever, but emotions changed? I read a comic book years ago (many years ago) about the dangers of immortality. The biggest one was that, if you can’t die and your family can’t die, you may well stop worrying about them as much. Now, in the comic, it was true immortality; you could not be harmed. There was never any reason to worry, so you would simply stop caring. But, even if you simply got older and could still die, would you change how you feel? Could you really stay married to one person for hundreds and thousands of years? More, divorce would certainly have to change. You couldn’t start living without enough for your “shots” every year. That would amount to a death sentence.
3) Population Growth?
We are currently filling up this old world pretty quickly. Short of being able to move to another planet or start an entirely new civilization underground, we are running out of room, food, and clean water and air. What happens when people stop dying as well?
4) Live forever, but changing?
As with my title pic of Hugh Jackman, Wolverine, he doesn’t really even know how old he is because his body repairs itself constantly. What if these shots fix our cells back 25 years or so, but if we have lost a leg or an arm, we don’t get those back? What if spinal damage isn’t part of the fix? If you have to live as a cripple forever, do you want to? And, if you decide you don’t want to, what can you do about it? Suicide is, currently, illegal, and you lose all insurance rights in most states.
I am certain there are more thoughts on this. What are your questions? How do you feel about it? Do you think it will even happen?