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post Jun 21 2007, 05:28 PM
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I recall a discussion a long time ago about cryogenics, and it made me think of this.

If you could choose to live on earth forever, would you? Or would you choose to eventually die, like normal?

I would choose death, but that's mostly because of religious beliefs. If I didn't believe in Heaven, it would be a tough decision. Would you really want to be here forever? Wouldn't you go crazy, eventually? It's a tough call.

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post Jun 21 2007, 05:55 PM
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if i was to stay, it would only be because i'd like to see where we will be in 3000 years; the idea of having everyone you know pass on without you is..mind boggling. i can't imagine being that alone.

so really, i'd pick death. we're given one lifetime for a reason..who knows, there could be another, better lifetime after this one -- another one of those unsolved mysteries.


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post Jun 21 2007, 06:05 PM
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Cryonics is really interesting. There are many people who have put themselves through it, so that 20+ years in the future, they can be "awoken". Physiologically, there are lots of side effects than can happen, due to the freezing temperatures. Also, technology so far hasn't caught up to the theoretical assumption that people can be revived in the future. So, there is lots of uncertainty in the success of cryopreservation.

Personally, I'm not sure of the mystery that the future holds in regards to the condition of the planet, society etc etc. It could be radically different, and that kind of change can be tough to adjust to. I also wouldn't like the feeling of being in a different phase of time, whilst people you know and love have passed on. I'd rather live and die naturally, rather than put myself through this.


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post Jun 21 2007, 06:27 PM
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If my family and 3 best friends were to be immortal with me, I would choose immortality...but if I had to go it alone....hmmm....

I dunno...I would grieve for the losses, make new friends, make a new family, and then after a while, that would probably get to me, and I would have a mental breakdown...so ya...

Death...if I was alone....

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post Jun 21 2007, 07:48 PM
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I personally would choose death, having the thought of having to watch everyone I knew die around me would be hell for me.

I don't believe in Heaven but I do believe in Reincarnation and I believe that I destined to live again.


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post Jun 21 2007, 07:52 PM
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I would choose death, personally, as eternal life would mean no rest, really, and true peace can be achieved at the end. Plus, I think madness would claim me if I lived forever.


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post Jun 21 2007, 10:08 PM
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I'd choose life of course. I'd like nothing better than knowing that I have an infinite amount of time to do everything that I've ever wanted to do. Although it'd be sad to see relatives dying.


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post Jun 21 2007, 10:28 PM
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I honestly dont know.


I have not idea what Ill feel like in 60 years time or whatever. Maybe Ill be weary of life, or maybe Ill be longing for more. My choice would depend around that, as well as what my brother and friends would do.


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post Jun 21 2007, 10:58 PM
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I think I would choose death.

...actually, I would definitely choose death.

Living forever...I don't know. I would get fed up. It's bad enough sometimes now, let alone having another however many thousands of years.

Although as Xii said, it would be interesting to see what the world is like in 300 years or something.


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post Jun 22 2007, 01:24 AM
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Well, forever is a long time... if death is oblivion, then I could see wanting to go to the end of the habitability of the planet, and if I hypothetically could, travel the universe. Or perhaps have my consciousness emulated for eternity in some sort of virtual reality paradise where I could experince an equally infinite amount of things. I would obviously prefer to have the ones I love with me, but if I could not and they had to die anyways, I could at least carry their memories with me, keeping their existence alive in some small sense. But what if eternity meant outlasting the universe itself, as trillions and trillions of years passed, and the atoms of everything that once was spread further and further apart, with nothing solid left? If there was never a new universe to find yourself in? It makes me think of King's short story The Jaunt. Would the mind be able to handle awareness forever without going completely mad if there was no new input? But still, perhaps that would be better than not existing at all? But to just last to the end of the lifespan of the planet, yes, I think I would go with that, especially if I had an opt-out option if things became too much.

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post Jun 22 2007, 07:43 AM
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If everyone of us would be inmortal, it could be interesting. If it was just myself, again, seeing my dear ones die would be unbearable, even if I found new dear ones in time, they would die over and over again. It is a clear no.

We are mortal for a reason. I don't know which one, there must be a reason


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post Jun 22 2007, 02:05 PM
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QUOTE(Melissa @ Jun 22 2007, 03:48 AM) *

I personally would choose death, having the thought of having to watch everyone I knew die around me would be hell for me.



I agree. That would suck ass lol. I mean, as time goes on, I guess you make new friends, but eventually they'd die too. It would be such a lonely life, and I'd be the bitterest bitch ever tongue.gif


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post Jun 22 2007, 07:14 PM
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i totally agree with xii on the fact that we were given this time for a reason. but i guess you could argue with the fact we found cryogenics and that lot for a reason.

i would choose death. not only because of what everyone else said about everyone else passing on and you not, but i dont think i would even if everyone could last forever. i get tired of it sometimes.


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post Jun 23 2007, 12:07 AM
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I would choose to live forever, that would give me time to learn all that I wish to learn.
Also I could live to see if mankind will ever gain magical powers and then I could truley be a wizard. I claim myself to be a wizard because my hair has been turning grey since probably 6th grade.
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post Jul 10 2007, 02:15 AM
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No, I wouldn't want to be immortal and live forever.


If I could choose to extend life (growing old at a very very slow pace) than I'd totally do it! It'd give me the chance to achieve things in life that I perhaps otherwise wouldn't have the "time" to do. But the idea of being immortal and eventually losing those you love around you, is a terrible notion, unless of course, you could pick a partner to share foreverness with. <3


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post Oct 2 2007, 11:22 PM
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I wouldn't want to cause then when get like 5,000 years old you probably wouldn't be able to get out of bed
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post Oct 27 2007, 02:18 PM
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Blimey i would have to say then that i'd rather die like a normall person i dont have any religious beleifs so heaven is kinda out og the question but liviing forever.. i would end up driving mysellf into further insanity.


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post Oct 28 2007, 01:34 AM
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I dunno....I think it's easy to say I'd like to live forever because I know that's not gonna happen.

Alot of people say "Fear of death is just a fear of the unknown". But for me it isn't the unknown. It is the end. The point where you stop being aware and lose your sense of "self", if there is such a thing. Death is where you stop thinking and feeling and knowing...

Perhaps theres an afterlife but I think of an after-life still as some form of LIFE. Death is the ultimate definition of the end. An after-life is not death it is just progression to another level of existence.

I...I think I would still choose death. We all live, have our time, and die. Ultimately our existence is meaningless. But if people were immortal we wouldn't appreciate the time we do have. Life itself is worth living BECAUSE it ends.


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post Oct 28 2007, 11:34 AM
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Now that I think about it, I would only want to live longer for that extra time to do stuff. The number of things you can do during your life is limited, but if you could extend it then you would be able to do new things. I sometimes feel there just isnt enough time. I want more time though, not infinite time. I want to retain my youth.

But I wouldnt want to live if I had experienced everything I wanted to. Also, I would feel isolated if I lived for too long.

So, I bassically agree with what Bini said at the start.


@JS: But you're a Christian arent you. So wouldnt you rather go to heaven and live for eternity over there?


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post Oct 28 2007, 11:38 AM
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Now i think about it.steiners right i think. normal life is limited,extending it canjust about forfil what you want to do.


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