AutoTopic: If You Could Live Forever, Would You?

What a completely interesting and juicy AutoTopic. You all know by now that I’m a closet science fiction nerd and Trekkie, so no surprise here I’d snatch this one up and give it a try. After all, it’s a common SciFi theme: immortality.

Short / ADD answer: Fuck yes!

The long answer is of course I would. That would just be too interesting to pass up. To put this in perspective, my Grandma was born (I think) in 1903. At the time, that year, the Wright brothers did their thing, and the first diesel-powered ships sailed. Overall, it was a muscle-powered and horse-powered world.  When she died in the early 1990’s, about the only thing she probably wasn’t aware of was the internet, but then again none of us were generally aware of it either. But consider: jet aircraft, spaceflight, computers, modern construction, advanced materials, genetics, automobiles, and lots of other cool shit happened in her lifetime.

Now extrapolate that out over say, the next one-thousand years. Though I’d be willing to bet the input/output method is different for blogging, I’m sure I’d still get spamments about Mongolian porn. Still, you have to wonder what kind of awesome stuff you’d get to see come to being. Not only that, you’d get to watch folks use it along with all the other interesting societal changes. Nanotechnology. Interplanetary spaceflight to Solar colonies. Interstellar spaceflight and green women a la James T. Kirk. Tribbles…

Now, the obvious drawback here the whole conundrum wrapped up in that word “forever.” That is a truly long fucking time. I’d worry that as humanity continued to evolve, I would literally become the cave man folks think I am now. Even worse, what happens if an asteroid splatters Earth all over Venus and the Sun, leaving me to just float my ass around the galaxy until the universe ends? That would royally suck balls, because in space, nobody can hear you rant.

I suppose that given “forever,” there would be a statistical probability that some aliens would find me eventually. That would be interesting provided I’m not edible. You have to figure that if they had sensors that could locate my orbiting ass, they’d have some wicked-awesome internet. Probably chock full of porn, too, though of little use to the sole remaining human anywhere.

In the end, I think the real answer here is – and all ranty humor aside – we’ve always found life far too short, and the luxury of living it until you’re completely sick and tired of it would be completely awesome.


48 Responses to “AutoTopic: If You Could Live Forever, Would You?”

  1. The Elite of Just Alright Says:

    Fuck no. I already can’t stand humanity. Why would I want to see it destroy itself through pure, sheer, bloody ignorance?

  2. Hell no! Over my dead body. I think about 80 years is enough for me to get sick and tired of life. I quite second The Elite of Just Alright.

  3. I agree with you Brains – I would want to live forever! I would love to see what’s going to happen in the future! But the problem I see is that there would be a serious case of over-population if no one died. Some idiot would start trying to control population, like the one child rule in China & stepping all over people’s rights. But if it’s only me & you that get to live forever it would be OK!

  4. The old guy says YES, kickin’ and screamin’! As long as it didn’t involve aches, pains, stiff joints, trouble peeing, and no stiff joint.

  5. I wouldn’t mind living forever if I could have Brad Pitt’s twenty-one year-old body to do it in. Or Ben Affleck’s, I’m not picky. I just wouldn’t want to have to do it in the current creaky, achy factory model that I’m currently hauling around. Even worse would be doing it with said factory model continuing to deteriorate a la Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep in Death Becomes Her.

  6. whiteladyinthehood Says:

    Cool post! I really liked this one. Would I live forever (I don’t know)…it would be an awesome adventure, but It would be hard to outlive all the people you cared about…then again, having birthdays wouldn’t feel like a daunting countdown! Speaking of birthdays, aren’t you do for one? If so, I wish you the gift of immortality – live on forever Rants.

  7. I’d go with your first answer – fuck yes. Of course I’d want to live forever. I’d like to time-travel too. If we had the technology to freeze people and bring them back alive, I’d probably time-skip through the decades, making investments as I go and waking up whenever there’s enough money to live comfortably for a while. Investing some more, looking around the culture, then going back to sleep for a few more decades while things change. Of course, I’d want my hibernation chamber someplace safe. Not on earth.

  8. You’re a Trekkie? You just lost about 15 cool points Rants. You’re going to need to make this one up to me.

  9. Definitely a qualified “yes”. Don’t forget all those great sci-fi stories that show immortality to be a curse, as you watch everyone you ever cared about wither and die. But for a few centuries, or millenia? Hell yeah! 😀

  10. No, cause I wouldn’t want to see everyone die before me. I’m a basket case when my dogs die…can’t imagine what would happen if my kids, grandkids, etc., all went before me. I just want to stay nice and healthy until the day I die, then go out while having great sex. Ha-ha, what a picture that would be. 🙂

  11. I’m more of an Outer Limits girl. Wouldn’t want to live forever…way too long.

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