Would it be boring to live forever?
The idea of expanding the regular length of the human life is a very interesting prospect not only scientifically, but also in general to most individuals. The article suggests that boredom would be the main issue in expanding life expectancy. However, what about overpopulation, lack of resources, pollution and poverty? These will all increase if the population lives longer, since people wont be dying off to ‘’make room’’ for new generations. Of course, it is lovely to imagine a world where we would each live longer, and have more time to do what we want and whatnot, as well as spending more time with our loved ones and having them around for longer. Personally, I think that living forever, or for a hugely extensive amount of time, such 150 years for example, would be boring. There would come a time when you’ve travelled and you’ve been stuck with the same job and same people for so long, that you will genuinely get bored of your job and routine. Life would become less meaningful since it’s so long and there will always be the excuse that ‘’I’ll do it tomorrow’’. I think life shouldn’t be messed with in order to me extended, simply because I agree that it would get boring after a while.
Both points presented on boredom in the article seem that have both pros and cons. Many people claim that if they had more time to live, they could see the world and do so many other things. One factor remains, however, if all that could be accomplished in a certain time frame, would people ultimately become bored, for they have nearly explored everything that they had an interest in? This is where the points brought up by Dr. Mark Walker come into play. He says that eventually, if we became bored enough, we would invent a way to get rid of, or cure our boredom. Life as we know it, would probably be changed forever. I think the problem with this whole concept is that it is filled with “if’s” and “but’s”. We cannot know for sure what will happen to people that have the capability to live on forever. I think it is imperative that we test it on a few voluntary humans, who understand the risks, but are still willing to go through with it. It should by no means be forced on humanity as it would create many ethical problems. If tests go well enough, and there is a considerable interest, then I think it should be offered to the population. One of the biggest problems I find with living forever would be finding the motivation to do absolutely anything. Why work today when you can do it a hundred years from now? (Life imprisonment would really suck) I think things like this should only be administered to people who want to live longer, and to people who are close to death because of some illness, but have a wish to live longer. I think the overall qualification for acceptance to take the “serum of life” would be to have accomplished something in life. It should not be given to those who have done nothing and will continue to do nothing. Having a grand accomplishment as a prerequisite would force anyone who wants to take the “serum of life” to have a motivation to work hard during their regular lives and to not waste it for the rest of us.
Would it be boring to live forever?
Unlike the bioethicist Nigel Cameron, I do not support the idea that living forever will trigger dissatisfaction of people over their existences because, as he claims, “the prospect of death” is supposedly “what spurs us to be motivated and to meaningfully engage in life”. From my perspective, what motivates us to intensely live each and every moment is actually the conviction that we can never come back in time and therefore might never have the opportunity of doing something again. For this reason, I consider the prospect of living unreservedly an interesting and significant step in human development if in fact, it becomes attainable. By living 1,000 rather than 100 years, humans will be able to become more experienced, more knowledgeable about the world they live in, and overall, happier- a happiness which will come from knowing that there will always be more time for one to try again, to keep holding on, and to maintain their faith. A longer life span will imply in more self-conscious humans, who will not only learn more about themselves but about the world and thus more positively contribute to the development of society.
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