Do You Really Want to Live Forever?

@acevivx (1566)
Philippines
December 4, 2008 2:54am CST
Life expectancy has become shorter than what it used to be. in the past people could live even beyond 100 years of age ( based on the bible, among others) but now life expectancy is much much shorter. We have heard of stories about the search for the fountain of youth but if you were given the chance to live very much longer, like 90 to 100 years or over, would you really want to live that long after all your friends, colleagues and immediate members of the family have passed on? Of course, it would be interesting to be around and to witness changes as the years go by but since basically people are social animals, would you be happy alone among strangers or even new friends all of whom are young? Think about it.
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67 responses
• India
4 Dec 08
No not at all, I don't want to live beyond 60-65. I don't want to experience old age and depend on other for everything.
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• United States
4 Dec 08
I agree, i also don't want to live long and be like a burden to my loved ones. I will be happy to reach the age 65.
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4 Dec 08
I'm 62 and I can tell you that I am most certainly not dependant on others for everything. Nor do I expect to be for a long time yet. Despite what you youngsters think, 60 - 65 is not old
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@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
I also wouldn't want to live so long if i would be a burden to others. I'd rather leave fond memories behind than sad or painful memories. And yes, 60-65 is not really old. It's all in the mind as to whether you feel old or not at all.
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@Erssyl (617)
• Philippines
7 Dec 08
No,I don't want to live forever,but if it is my destiny,I will not question it.I will make the best and the most in my life.I will not search for the fountain of youth.If I'm destined to live forever maybe there is a purpose.I will not be afraid to witness all the changes and meet new friends if that is my destiny.
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@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
9 Dec 08
That's quite right. Why question your destiny. make the most of it and try to achieve whatever purpose you have for being given a long life or a life that could last forever. And of course it really would be interesting to see the changes as the years go by. But wouldn't you think it might become boring later?
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@Erssyl (617)
• Philippines
10 Dec 08
I can't say for now.I will see when I get there.
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• China
4 Dec 08
well.depends on if you really are happy to be with hang with those young people i think. if you have a happy life you would like to stay as long as you can,right? what if you feel tired of the life...maybe around 60 years old,you'll feel enough. life is life....sometimes you can not control it,and just accept... but dont think too silly to be around the people who are young or old... cheers
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@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
That's one thing that you have to consider also. Would you really like to go on and on through the years doing the same things forever like eating, sleeping, enjoying life etc. Wouldn't you get tired especially if you don't have people who have the same thoughts and ideas like you?
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• Philippines
5 Dec 08
ofcourse! i want 2 have child and simple husband ! simple life with full of love and live the life the way i want it to be.. ciao!
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@egdcltd (6705)
4 Dec 08
Depends on whether you can get older without actually getting old, if you know what I mean. A couple of hundred years of infirmity would soon lose its' attraction.
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@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
No doubt it would not at all be fun to grow old and be sick and gray and dried up. In the movie the highlander, it seems he remained yung and virile through the ages. Maybe that would be more acceptable.
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@egdcltd (6705)
5 Dec 08
Similarly, in Heroes, Adam remained the same age, not getting any older. Well, until his powers were taken from him and he reached his actual age really quickly.
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• United States
7 Dec 08
If all my family and friends were gone, I'm not sure I'd want to stick around.
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@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
9 Dec 08
It would indeed seem to be a bleak and lonely life without family and friends. Of course we could always make new friends but then again, relationships don't develop in a few months and cannot replace relationships developed over a lifetime.
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@bunmi2501 (467)
• Nigeria
4 Dec 08
I would like to have that experience, if Im to live forever, then I will plan making friend among the next generation in their early years so that if my current friends passed on, at least I will have new friend around. Think that will be lot of fun for me. LOL
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@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
Very good idea. It would indeed be necessary to make new friends.
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@eynjel05 (444)
• Philippines
4 Dec 08
Modern living makes our life shorter than we expect. Compared to the food that our ancestors we are eating, our foods nowadays contained preservatives that can caused different diseases that can lessen our life span. Everyone wants to live forever. So that they can still accomplished the things that they want to. If I would be ask by that question, ofcoures I will be more than willing to grab that kind of oppurtunity. Living forever means staying with your love ones forever. It means you'll be spending beautiful moments with them. But I think that is impossible thing to happen. But I wish that it will happen.:-) happy posting!
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@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
Yes, if your family and loved ones also lived forever but supposing it's just yu who could live forever or was given a chance to live forever, it would not be so nice not to have familiar faces around you through those long and endless years.
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@bbsr13 (4198)
• India
4 Dec 08
Hello! I know I can't live forever but I want to live beyond 100 years to experience the changes occurring in the world.Now If God desires I must complete the century in another thirty years.Now I am getting ready for the old age.thanx.
@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
If you saw movies about those who lived for so long and through so many ages and civilizations (The Highlander, for one?) it would really seem so exciting to live forever. At the same time, it still is sad when you consider things like, a wife growing old and dying, families all gone, old friends no longer around. I wonder how one would cope with that and not feel so alone.
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@faizi1 (157)
• Pakistan
4 Dec 08
dear we pray from GOD that give s lived long the life is gift of GOD and when he want he take that when he remain on the earth he remain it i think you are hindu and i am muslim first thing i told you that our prophet HAZRAT MUHAMMAD SALY LALAHO VALAY HI VASLAM (PBUH) HIS LIFE IS 63 years of old that is the person GOD to much loved him GOD saya that if you passed our life from 63 years the next lfe is for u a bonus life thank you
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@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
Well said my friend. I will not contradict you on that.
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@GADHISUNU (2164)
• India
4 Dec 08
Your atatement is somewhat in contradiction to what the Insurance companies are basing their sales strategies on. In good old days longevity was by chance and if one could say so, genetics. So, we did have people living for 100 years or more. I would say they had a cleaner and a less corrupt, less stressed world to live in. So the longevity was worth it. Today it is meaningful to long to live only as much as you are needed in this world- to finish off your responsibilities.
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@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
Of course insurance companies do not always say the truth but what would most increase their sales. I guess in the past, there were less chemicals in the food, less infections and less illnesses. Maybe, it was then clean living and with less stress indeed. Stress is one thing that ages us so fast.
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• United States
4 Dec 08
I've thought about that more than once before. I'd like to live a very long life, but only if it were a fairly decent life. I mean more along the lines that I would like to have a family and be fairly well off monetarily. I always tell my bf that I want to be with him forever, and I truly mean it. I finally found "the keeper" which is him. What intrigues us more than growing old with each other is staying young forever. The legendary vampire way is one that sounds most intriguing, but only as "vegetarian" ones that hunt animals not humans heh. But, of course this is only a mere fantasy, an interesting concept though. I still would like to live with him for as long as possible.
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@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
That's a nice thought. I to would like to live forever if it is with someone I love and cherish and with whom I will enjoy life no matter what time or period.
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@idowrite72 (2214)
• United States
8 Dec 08
I wouldn't want to live forever but I would like to be in my children's and grandchildren's lives for as long as I am able to enjoy it with them. If I am sick and ailing or a burden to them, then what is the fun or purpose in that? A fountain of youth? No, I don't think so. I think we would run out of things to do and to amuse ourselves after a fashion. Of course, with the new things coming out all the time it might be fun to take a vacation to the moon or something. But where would all the people live? Interesting question with many different directions to go. I would not want to live forever for whatever reason. I'm tired alot now and I am only in my 50's!! lol
@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
9 Dec 08
Just thinking about living forever, losing family and friends, boredom and of course contributing to overpopulation would really turn me away from entertaining the idea of living forever. Just like you, I would rather wish to live long enough to enjoy life with my children and grandchildren and witness their successes and accomplishments. But 50 is not old and your feeling tired a lot is not good. Take care of you health, see a doctor and you have a lot of years ahead of you.
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• United States
9 Dec 08
I know exactly why I am tired and the days that I am it is because of the way I am living. I have an active life and I also have several health conditions, but a stroke at the age of 42, seizures since then and major concerns with diabetes has made me take a more serious look at my health and I know the things that I need to do to be healthy and live longer. It certainly hasn't slowed me down and I don't intend to die at a young age. I have 9 living grandchildren and 2 stepgrandchildren, and I am 54, and I have to see them grow up. 8 of them are 5 and under, so it will take a long time and 3 are under a year old!! (all 3 of my daughters were pregnant at the same time!!)
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• China
4 Dec 08
Hi,sorry for late response,I am always busy for the Easter product.This is a funny topic,I really want tp live forever,but it is impossible,so,i hope I can be health when I live!Thanks!!
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@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
I agree with you that I hope to have a healthy life while i am alive. I would rather live healthy no matter how many years I would have on this earth.
@iriscot (1290)
• United States
6 Dec 08
I read your comment and all of the responses and wasn't going to respond, but changed my mind. When I was a junior in high school, World War II ended and several veterans came back to finish high school and get their diploma. We had two teachers, just out of college that joined the teaching staff that year. They were probably 22 or close to that age and a couple of the veterans were trying to date them. Remember, we were sixteen or maybe seventeen years old at that time and we couldn't understand what those vets saw in "those old ladies". So everything is relative. When I was 45 or 50 years old, I thought it would great to die young and have a beautiful or handsome corpse. I didn't want to get old and look like those old men that walk the streets with a cane and have to be helped up and down stairs and things like that. Well, let me tell you something. When I was sixty I thought it would be great to live to be 70, I'm 79 right now and would like to live another 10 or so years. Time passes so fast and when you look back you wonder where it all went. I don't believe in re-incarnation, so I figure when your time comes, that's it, your done. I had a great aunt who spent the last 15 years of her life in a nursing home, she was blind and deaf, she was just short 35 days of living to 100. Nobody would want to go through that. The common saying is "keep on top of the grass", my only concern is leaving my wife to fend for herself. I know my three sons and their wives will take good care of her though. Oh yes, 80 comes up in March. So when the good Lord calls, we will go!
@iriscot (1290)
• United States
6 Dec 08
I thought these were cute: Children's letters to God. Dear GOD, Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don't You just keep the ones You have now? ---- Jane Dear GOD, I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that okay? --- Neil Dear GOD, It rained for our whole vacation and is my father mad! He said some things about You that people are not supposed to say, but I hope You will not hurt him anyway. Your friend (But I am not going to tell You who I am) Let's all lighten up a bit.
@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
6 Dec 08
Hi Iriscot. Thanks for sharing.
@lilisor (205)
• Hungary
5 Dec 08
No, I definitely wouldn't want to live that long. Yes, it's a challenge but seriously, when somebody reaches 80 and his/her health is not so good then that person will become a burden for the family. I don't want to be a burden for my family! I want them to have their own life, to be happy and enjoy them. If I can't take care of me anymore, then I'd rather die than be a burden for all my loved ones.
@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
6 Dec 08
The possibility would exist that your friends and family might no longer be around and you are the only one left so while you might not be a burden to them or to anyone, you could also be very lonely among strangers or new friends so it's not really something to look forward to.
@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
6 Dec 08
When we grow gray and old and become senile, it would be better in the end to die and join our Creator. But if you had the chance not to be a burden or to remain physically young and healthy, would you entertain the idea.
@lilisor (205)
• Hungary
6 Dec 08
No, I don't think I would like the idea of being along without my loved ones.
@prasanta (1947)
• India
24 Dec 08
Yes. If my friends, colleagues, relatives to get this opportunity, I a m ready to live for ever. Otherwise, whom should I interact with?
@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
26 Dec 08
Some say you could form new relationships but i don't know if it would be worth it or if it could remove the pain each time you lose someone dear to you who doesn't have the same chance of living forever.
@prasanta (1947)
• India
26 Dec 08
Hi, this is a part of life. Always try to get new people, remembering that no one is permanent here. That's the secret of living.
@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
6 Dec 08
No I do not want to live forever. I am not sure I want to see the future and I certainly do not want to live through the future I think might be coming. I do not think it will be a fun time. Also there is the problem of the body aging. You can feel as young as you like but you really notice your body's age from 50 onwards. Living a long life in pain is not my idea of fun.
@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
9 Dec 08
Many of those who responded that they wouldn't want to live forever if they were sickly and physically and mentally weak or infirm. I would agree that such a condition would not make living longer something to look forward to or desire. But i wonder if you or the others who so replied would reply differently if you were assured of a healthy body and no aging beyond a certain age. It might solicit a different response.
@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
10 Dec 08
Once I might have said yes. I am curious to see what the future will bring but I think that before anything improves there is a real risk of this world turning in a night mare and I am not sure I want to see it. We might save the planet and build a bright future or we might see the whole world drowned by the melting polar ice packs. I used to dream that we would colonise space and do all sorts of interesting things as a race. Now I just think that we will be lucky if the human race survives the greed of the few.
@candymarie (1368)
• Canada
5 Dec 08
Well ever since I was a young adult, I had a fascination with vampires, and quite frankly was starting to scare my parents (ha ha - too much wearing black). I just LOVED that idea of not aging at all, living through history, just being there at the most amazing events, to say, "I was there...and I didn't drink blood!" lol. But hey, I like your idea, that would be an amazing gift. Granted, some people would think of it as a curse, and some people MAY get tired of it, and seek a way to kill their selves, out of boredom, loneliness, who can say? STAYING young though, would have to be a part of the bargain, because yeah, don't think our bodies could naturally sustain the high life expectancy.
@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
6 Dec 08
Hi! i also love horror stories including stories and movies about vampires. Well they indeed stay forever young no matter how many centuries they lived but they have to drink blood to do so.It's nice to know you might want to live forever but not as a vampire or by drinking blood although there would be many blood banks too. he he.I guess it depends on your outlook on life whether you would think living forever could be a thrill or not.
• Canada
8 Dec 08
You can drink animal blood insted, or as the vamps called it in the Twilight series, "Go vegan." lol
@owlwings (39249)
• Cambridge, England
5 Dec 08
Unfortunately, you are quite wrong in your assumption that life expectancy is shorter now than it used to be. There is absolutely no scientific evidence to suggest that people as a whole used to live longer than they do now. You say "based on the bible and others" but the Bible, alone, has been proved to suffer from inconsistencies when it comes to chronological accuracy. The fact is that life expectancy, wherever medical, anthropological and archaeological evidence is available, has been on the increase due to medical and dietary advances. Life expectancy is a statistical figure. It doesn't mean that, because a few individuals in isolated societies have been shown to live well beyond 100 years that life expectancy is therefore more than it is now. Even if we were to assume that the extreme ages quoted in the Bible were accurate, they still only refer to individuals who were considered outstanding in their day. Provided I were in good health I don't see a problem with living longer. I would be quite happy to make new friends, so I would certainly not be alone amongst strangers.
@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
6 Dec 08
I stand corrected re life expectancy now as compared to the past. Same things were said regarding living forever by others who responded. They would like to live longer or forever as long as they remain in good health and as pointed out they could always make new friends and form new families as the old ones die away. it's just that, as human beings, we don't forget our loved ones so i would presume the same would apply even if we live for centuries so just imagine all the pain missing and losing so many families and friends over the centuries.Would it be worth it?
5 Dec 08
Where on earth did you get this information that people used to live longer. As far as I know the earliest real records we have are from Eqypt were we know that some people such as Rameses the Great lived into their 70's but general life expectancy was around 50 to 60. Of course there have been people in the past who have lived to over a 100 but they were very much the exception whereas today it is not uncommon in the western world. I would not take any notice what the bible says it is a notoriously unreliable historic document. If I recall correctly it claims that Methuslia lived to be 900. Yes I'm sure he did!! If we are discussing life expectancy you take the average life not the few exceptions and I think you will find that at least in the UK that is now higher than it has ever been
@acevivx (1566)
• Philippines
6 Dec 08
Yes maidangel, it has been repeatedly pointed out to me that people live longer now than before. And yes, there are many who live very long lives now but that's not the point. The point is whether you would really want to live forever regardless of what is the life expectancy now. As you and so many others said, if one can live longer or forever, it would be nice if we remain young and healthy physically and mentally so as not to be a burden to others which is the usual occurrence qwhen a person lives to a ripe old age of 85 or over.