well that's something to think about, and I will respond in a not-so-overly-philosophical manner.....
Well or it may be a bit philosophical...
simply because I don't want to be a wheel-chair-bound deaf-blind care object in a few decades. I've worked in a nursing home and know what aging does to people. This evil cycle doesn't need to repeat itself again for us.
That's the primary reason why I urgently want life extension. Because my life is good as it is, and there is nothing good for either society or for myself that I become senescent and sit and rot in a wheelchair.
People seriously seem to lack understanding of how horrible aging actually is, otherwise they would not just go around and accept the holocaust of "old" people.
Then of course I would eventually want to explore the universe,but I'm happy just doing average uninteresting things with a healthy body. I can't predict what I will want and what will happen in the future, therefore I don't want myself or other people to be denied the future because our civilization neglect curing aging and instead waste our resources on eg pavements and culture projects etc bla bla blah...
some things I get to hear when talking about immortalism with people....
1......But aging is beautiful and natural!
=Yeah exactly, there is nothing beautiful about aging, why would otherwise so many elderly men continue to like young girls?
2....... the world is overpopulated, old people need to die to make room for young people
= This is a real problem, but to let people get brutally tortured by death through aging will never be an option, so if anti-aging treatments arrives people may not be allowed to reproduce, and so what?I couldn't care less to give up that right in favor of continuing to stay alive. there may be some hassle with people who want to continue having children on behalf of other people's existence, but they are likely going to lose eventually. If we manage to get ourselves into space overpopulation won't be an issue.
3.what is so horrible about death?
= if death is good and not bad, then one may consider aids and starvation as good things.. IMHO people who thinks death is a good thing are dangerous for society and should be locked up. death is only bad, there is nothing good to come out of it or anything learn from it. Death is not a part of life, it is the opposite of life and elimination of existence. This doesn't need to be questioned.
4. What if there is an afterlife?
= The belief of an afterlife is not an excuse for letting people die, to put it simply..
we must hurry up with life extension! There are endless possibilities in the universe and we are trapped on a immensely small planet, and if we don't get through life extension in a few decades we will be eliminated from endless possibilities forever just because of "cancer" or "dementia" or "heart failure"...
don't you agree?
Edited by VictorBjoerk, 10 September 2009 - 01:42 PM.