Is it still a good idea to live forever in this world we are now?

@manong05 (5029)
Philippines
October 22, 2009 9:39am CST
I saw a woman featured on TV who was over a hundred years old and could barely sit down and spends her life in bed all day. Imagine how terrible that kind of life can be. There must come a time when we a person can say I want to go now in peace... Do you agree? when is the best time to go as far as you are concerned?
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@today2009 (160)
• China
22 Oct 09
To ensure longevity of course good ,but the essence of life is happiness,and contribution to society.Chi master in China ,live up to more than 100 years old,he hit a tai ji quan,have an impact in the world.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
I know, Chinese have long been well known for longevity and they have practiced the art of living longer lives for ages. It is good to learn from them. enjoy life!
• China
23 Oct 09
Welcome to China,enjoy life ,enjoy life!
• United Kingdom
23 Oct 09
I'm 34 years old and I'm hoping that I won't reach the state of that woman! Technology is improving all the time and I'm kind of hoping that the boffins come up with something spectacular in order to prolong life and hopefully not age. However, I'm also thinking, would I want to live in a world indefinitely where this is no peace and everyone seems to be at war with eachother? My answer is no on that one. If I reach old age I don't mind continuing to live on just as long as I have my senses and I don't contract dementia or something like that. I think that the old woman has a very sad existence if she has to remain in bed all day. I would not want to go on living like that. Andrew
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Yes sometimes there is a difference between living and existing. Once we reached extreme old age to the point that we no longer see ourselves as productive and just became a burden to our love ones around and not even have the strength to move, we are merely existing and not actually living. Living is meaningful existence. The difference may just be semantics but the underlying truth is something to think about. enjoy life!
@1346795 (808)
• Greece
23 Oct 09
I absolutely agree with you. Living a lot of years is not always good. I think that you need to live for the time that is sufficient for you to achieve your goals and to be happy.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Meaning and productivity make life worth living. Without meaning and without productive activities because of extreme old age, sometimes people would rather wish that they depart in peace. This would also relieve the burden from those people around. But then, it's all up to the Giver of Life when to take it back. Isn't it. cheers!
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
as i have told u in one of the discussions, i don't like to live nine lives as cats are rumored to have. i don't want to be that old and useless. (i can no longer log in to mylot if i am in that condition already, hahahaha). i don't want to be a burden to the stronger members of the family, my children especially. as early as now, i have decided that it will be that time to go. but who am i to decide that that would be the moment? by that time, much as i want to end my life, i will already be too old to even hold a knife, or the razor blade to cut my wrists would already bounce back because of my very loose skin. . the mere thought of ending it by myself would already be very burdensome and laborious for my frail brain. let Him decide then when that time will be.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
You appear to possess incredible youthful zeal and enthusiasm in your posts so I think those morbid scenarios are still light years away. LOL I try to visualize someone trying to cut her wrist and the skin fights back refusing to give way...hahahaha funny. enjoy life!
@dlr297 (5418)
• United States
22 Oct 09
It is up to God to decide when it is our time to go Home. and i believe that it is our place to make the best of what we have while we are here on this earth. I would not like living like that but i would not do anything to end my life other than praying for God to come and get me and take me home with him.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Yes, deliberately ending one's life can never be justified in anyway. Not in any situation. It maybe our lot to suffer in the last moments of our life on earth but to face it we must. enjoy!
@matersfish (6311)
• United States
22 Oct 09
I think it's a little different for everyone. When my grandmother finally passed away very unexpectedly (but not surpsingly, in the context of her age), she was 85. Up until the day she was put in the hospital and passed on, she was bright, vibrant, and sharp as a knife. She wouldn't drive, and not because she was afraid to drive or didn't have a license, but because she loved to walk. I see this being a lot different for others. My father is 59 and is basically an old man. He can barely walk. He's hunched over from years and years of hard labor. He gets cold in the summer and hot in the winter and is as grumpy as any older man you'd ever meet. I think he'd be ready to cash in his chips long before reaching 85, whereas my grandmother, had it worked out that way, would have preferred to keep going and going so long as time allowed. For me, I'm not sure yet. I weight the ups and downs of being an older man. I would like to see how much the world has changed in 2080 (100 years after my birth); I'm sure i'd be fascinated. But I don't know how my body and mind would feel at that age. I think each individual knows when they're ready to go. Some have to be dragged kicking and screaming, and others lay it on down and go willingly. I believe all of us, at one point or another, have developed and thrived on our lust for life. But all of us also, as individuals, are capable of giving that up. In the end, the best we can all hope for is to be at peace with the lives we'd led and satisfied that what we leave behind is in better shape than we found it -- no unfinished business and no regrets. If I'm 100 and feel as if I should still be around, I'll fight to stay.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
no unfinished business left is a good point. We've done our best, we've fought a good fight and if there's anymore challenges left and we are in the position to face them... why not? enjoy life!
@repented (80)
• Maldives
22 Oct 09
Hello manong Every must go and should rest in peace..and it's not very wise to stick to the world and try to be young through many ways that we use nowadays...applying all these expensive anti-aging creams and lotions as it will revive the exterior and in reality we will be dying inside..... We must go in peace and I agree with you...
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Modern medicine may be able to delay the signs of aging but can not stop nor reverse the aging process and everything is moving in that direction. Sometime, somehow we can confidently and peacefully say... I have lived my life to the fullest, I want to go in peace. There's no more reason to prolong my physical agonies and also of those who are around me. enjoy!
• Philippines
22 Oct 09
I couldn't really answer that to myself because I don't know when will be the time that I have already fulfilled all my dreams and mission in life. Only God knows when is the right time.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Precisely, only God knows when is the proper time for us to go. cheers!
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
22 Oct 09
I dont see any problem if a person would live to see a hundred years or more. Its their choice but ending their own life in whatever way would be a sin, so we canall just be thankful we live to see another day. And no I would never dream to live forever, if people will be dying around you.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
This probably is one difficult thing to see that people we know are not present anymore. People are dying or either long gone. cheers!
@jsszlhy (40)
• China
23 Oct 09
YES i agree with you