I am a Thousand Years Young

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wolverine_%28film%29

Source: Wikimedia Licensed for reuse. Click pic for page.

 

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.

http://moneymorning.com/ext/articles/longevity/billionaires-buying-immortality.php?iris=353191&ad=too-far-sym

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?

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Namaste,

Scott

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Comments

  • Indira  On May 8, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Very interesting and thought provoking subject. Though thought of death is scary, living that long is also scary. What nature is decided is best for all of us.

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  • thehappyhugger  On April 20, 2015 at 4:27 am

    You’ve given me lots to think about, Scott. 🌻

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    • kindredspirit23  On April 20, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      Ah, the reason I live – to make people think. Glad you have something to ponder.
      I hope you are doing well.

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  • insanitybytes22  On April 18, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Sounds absolutely dreadful. I used to think I would like to live a few hundred years, but now I’m not so sure. I think I like things the way they are. Besides, the older you get, the dumber the rest of the world starts to look. By the time you are 90, I think you may feel as if you are trapped on a planet full of truly foolish people 😉

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  • Arman  On April 18, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    I don’t think it’s going to happen. But if it did, I agree that people would just stop caring as much (in case of true immortality), the greedy will be greedier, and evil will be well… evil.. but I think we’ll also see a whole lot of really good human beings continue to make a difference. However, if we continue to procreate and have to start fighting for basic resources to live (air, water etc.), we’ll probably kill each other more too 😀

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  • dray0308  On April 18, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Interesting subject . I will give this some thought and respond tomorrow.

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