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bhrgunatha  ·  847 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Aging, polls, and life extension: Why don’t Americans want to live longer?

I've very mixed feelings about this topic.

Some people are claiming that immortality is within our grasp - even within a generation or more fantastically that the first person to live to a 1,000 has already been born.

I can understand wanting to be healthier as you age and that seems like a good goal to drive for - as long as the economic structures are there to cope with that (and it seems is not the case currently.)

But eternal life? Even doubling the average lifespan?

I honestly don't see the point. Although imaginary, a basic, average, run-of-the-mill life is tough enough as it is. We're straining at the seams coping with aging populations already.

Given that the gap between the richest layer and poorest layers of society has been continually widening, is looks like these benefits will only be available to the top n% (0.1, 1, 5, 10... whatever).

Please swat me down on my opinions with actual facts and studies and counter arguments no problem.

Just felt like opening the discussion.

kantos  ·  846 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'd venture it's an immature endeavor. What ever anyone will experience at that age, let's say 1000, it won't be anything similar to how they experience life now when they're thinking about it. We weren't made to live that long, period. My conceited self, shitpostting my opinion here, says if anyone wants to believe such an idea is possible, then they have a child-like umderstanding of the cycle of life and death, creation and destruction, balance, and all that mumbo jumbo. Immortality isn't sustainable, all things staying the same. In some lights it reminds me of those attempts to bring back mammoths...

Anywho, I'd be interested if you could dig up your source. Hope this doesn't sound too harsh, I'm actually more in agreement with you.