Snapshots – Reflections on Eternal Life

Would you want to live to be 200 years of age? Would you want to live forever? I have been asked these questions many times, while having a funny mixed up conversation with friends or by my high school sweetheart while walking her home ages ago. I never really knew what to answer. Never actually decided or better never really reflected on it.

To get a starting point on this , I just did a quick research on how long scientists are expecting me to live and discovered some historic facts. Life expectancy for Romans during the Roman Empire was just aprox. 22 to 25 years . In 1900 the world life expectancy was aprox. 30 years and in 1985 it was about 62 years. Now at the rate that this changed during the years, one would expect that today it will go well beyond 70 years. Guess what…life expectancy in today’s world is not that long…it is just about 64.3 years. Anyway, it is widely believed that by the time this generation will get to be 64 years of age, world life expectancy will be increased by 18 years…so they will get to live to be at least 80.

So there you go…even if I try as hard as I can…I am not really expecting to live to be 80 after all. But my questions still stand. What if I would have a chance to live to be 200? It just might depend in what shape I will keep my body. I wouldn’t want to live a moment longer than my body can carry with ease. So yes…if I can keep a decent shape and I am self sufficient, I wouldn’t have a problem to live to be 200.

So far so good….easy. But now is the tricky one, the one that needs a lot of thought and reflection….would I want to live forever?

Let’s just assume I would, then at what age my body would stop growing older ? If you would live forever, obviously your body can not grow old forever, it needs to stop at a particular age. What would that age be? 30? 40? 70? I would not consider it even for a second if my aging process will stop right about 70-80 years of age just because I would live forever walking around assisted by and old and trusted cane, I would sit around and play chess all day and watch teenagers walking ,making me dream of my once young wife and cursing my grandchildren for making fun of me. That wouldn’t be a decent life at all…

But then if our aging process will stop just at about 30-40 year of age…would we have children? would it be morally correct for the women to bare children? We would live forever so there will be no need to perpetuate the species…it will be already done. And then it might just not be wise anymore to have kids, because the earth won’t be able to sustain a population that will grow at an accelerated pace with individuals that never die. (people would die from issues unrelated to health or aging but that number would be insignificant). We would be able to love, have emotions that are endless, be able to continuously learn and develop our mental capacity?

I am very convinced that if we will ever get to be immortals, drink a potion and live forever in which case probably will come a time when we would be forced to stop having newborns , our evolution would eventually come to an end. Every human emotion would have an end. We would stop dreaming because eventually we would not have anything to dreams of. With dreams other feelings would be obsolete, like love, desire, happiness. Science would stop evolving too as our high mental capacity will hit a road block and the limits of the human brain will make an appearance. And before we know it , we would live a senseless, dull, very mediocre and tasteless life. We would see the same faces, eat the same food, drink the same drinks forever.

I would never want to live a life like that. Just the simple fact that we are aware of our time being limited makes us humans. It makes us want more from this short life. We have dreams we strive to make happen, we live harder, we love with passion, we make children and wish we will see the one day married and have their own kids. We love discovering new things, travel to new places, enjoy good company, we set goals we hope to achieve. And we do all of those for we know our time is limited, we know that our day to turn into dust will come. Now I am asking you: would you want to live forever? Would you give all that away to be stuck in an endless, senseless and tasteless life?

(the photos I posted here are just some snapshots I took during a one day trip. Unfortunately was not a photo trip, so I just snapped around whatever and whenever I could )


8 responses

  1. Check out Aubrey de grey’s lectures on Longevity Escape Velocity.

    March 3, 2012 at 18:40

  2. In case you are interested, there is some research that suggests the aging process end around the age of 90, but i’m not sure how sure scientists are of that theory.

    It is unfair of us to live forever-there could be no further generations as our world population is already far too high and there would be no way for us to support any new people that come into the world. I also agree that eventually the world would be come a very bitter place if we were immortal.

    March 2, 2012 at 20:07

  3. Yes I would want to live forever… I’m a happy person and I’ve learned how to make the best of whatever life throws at me. I truly find joy in almost everyday, wouldn’t want this feeling to end 🙂 But I am in my mid 30s and in the best shape of my life… so aging has started to take a toll for me to decide if the body is giving up on the spirit.

    Very deep post.. made me think… oh BTW, great photos… love #1 & #3

    March 2, 2012 at 19:46

  4. I think you are right, we would not enjoy life if we were to live forever…. reminds me of the bible early old testament how those people would get to 400 or so years, always makes me wonder what happened to their bodies, did they not age the way we do?

    March 2, 2012 at 12:08

  5. Andrei Stavilă

    Wow, didn’t know that there still exist shops named ‘Sifonarie’ 🙂
    On the other hand, since Iasi is the city I have lived in for most of my life, I couldn’t believe that the picture with the ‘Stefan cel Mare’ boulevard was shot these days. Is there no snow left in Iasi?

    March 2, 2012 at 09:22

    • They cleaned it up. The mayor did “a good job”…!!! And yes…there are plenty shops called “sifonaire”. I was just as surprised when I returned to Romania for the first time in 6 years.

      March 2, 2012 at 11:56

  6. Regardless if these photos weren’t “planned” per-say… I like the sky shot (the first one) and the one in the walking “tunnel” are my favorites from this page… nice.

    Very good post. Very thought provoking as well. I have imagined this scenario… but then I start to realize all the things I would miss by never dying… living to be old and gray with the one person I love most in this world, loving him even more then I did that first day I met him… feeling content in that love and knowing how strong that is, as we grew old together, swinging in an old porch swing. Not growing old with said person gets me thinking… I would loose not only him… I would watch my own child grow old and leave this world… I would eventually be alone… watching anyone I truly loved leave this Earthly existence… regardless of what “living forever” could accomplish… w/o them, the people I imagine spending my life with, the people that make my life better by just being a part of mine…

    No… I simply imagine… and move on and realize it’s only a thought… now… if I could keep my favorite guy around… and be able to bug him for all eternity… 😉 then maybe…

    but then again…maybe the scenario of “Benjamin Button’s” life… growing younger as I get older… if I can live only one life… oh man! now that’s definitely something that would be fun!!

    March 2, 2012 at 07:41

  7. I like the last lady. 🙂
    I wouldn’t want to live forever in this hurting body, but I think God has a better vision that what is here and broken. We are not all Jack La Lane. BUt even he got weaker with age. A forever body I’m sure will not be boring.

    March 2, 2012 at 05:53

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