Who doesn't want to live forever?
We invent mythical beings to live out our fantasies in literature and entertainment. Science and technology promises us that someday our dreams will come true.
But, is immortality a good thing? Has evolution planned built-in obsolescence of a reason?
Would life be any better if it went on forever? If you have a crappy life to begin with, extending it won't be much of an improvement, but more of a life-sentence.
Our society is already facing significant problems from increased life-expectancy. Pensions, for one. The young cannot currently pay to keep the old. What happens, then, when the old live forever?
And what will happen to the division between the rich and poor? No doubt, the rich will be the first to benefit. It's going to create all sorts of class conflicts.
Dictators would live forever, too. Isn't it good to know that the worst ones will eventually die and be replaced by someone else who just might give people a better chance?
We live in an age of hyper consumption as it is. Would immortality not accelerate the destruction of our planet by extinguishing all our available resources? Or, would it encourage people to actually care by taking precautions in the present, because they know they'll have to deal with the consequences themselves down the line?
Life-extension could usher in a kinder and more tolerant world, or encourage a gerontocratic tyranny.
What do you think...?
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