Life is short. And it is short indeed. Once we were born, we go to school for twenty years, find a job and work for thirty more years, then retire and spend the rest of our lives easily. More then often we are often stressed or worried. People just don’t feel like they had enough happy times. This is why many people have aspiration to live forever.
But a lot of medical research today focuses on developing medicinal cures to ageing. Presumably, with the right breakthrough, humankind would live forever. This would both be great in many ways but there is also a high chance that this can be disastrous. But do the pros really outweigh the cons?
Greed is what drives most people the never ending thirst of living forever. And it is true that living forever will make you rich, incredibly rich. Since you have the power to live forever, you can amass a huge fortune over the years. There will be no need to pass a dynasty or power to the next generation because you will literally be there forever-you’d call all the shots. And as long as you make money, you will have to spend it all and that will make your lifestyle amazing. You could live in a mansion, own your private land, and have all the things you ever wanted.
Everyone likes a nice person. And this is another great thing about living forever is that you can do a lot of goodwill. Living forever will mean experience and a lot of knowledge. You can use the knowledge to help others by making good life decisions, helping children with homework and inventing cure for diseases. Being incredibly rich means you can help the world in other ways like donating to charity, starting a food drive and creating a better education system. Overall you can create a better world.
But living forever can also lead to a worldwide crisis. If everyone had the power to live forever, that overpopulation will take its toll. With the human population already growing extraordinarily fast, if all of us could live forever it would push overpopulation to the limit. Not only that it will also be bad for our environment. Not only will it put pressure on our natural resources. Not only do we have to clear more land for the unimaginable amount of humans. But more people would mean more pollution, more poverty, and more carbon emissions.
You might also think that living forever will mean eternal happiness. But you may be wrong. Sure you will encounter numerous happy and successful times but you might also witness times of sadness and times of grief. For instance, you might witness grief and sorrow as loved ones die around you. You might experience another world war or a widespread disease as it wipes out the human population. Now picture yourself living for centuries with so many people you like dying around you- it’s not pretty or nice, is it?
Also keep in mind that immortality does not mean forever youth. Immortality doesn’t mean eternal youth. Living forever without eternal youth is only mitigated somewhat by a slowed (or static) aging process. So if you’re in a shop buying immortality in the very distant future, make sure you pick the youth and invulnerability with it because otherwise you’re screwed and condemned to live your own version of Tithonus which did not end well.
So keep in mind that immortality does not come free. Spend your good life how it is and enjoy it. Keep in mind, don’t waste your time.