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Be immortal

Be immortal
We don't choose to be born, and we don't choose to die. Those things just happen... However, if you were given this choice, you might want to actually be immortal! Forget about death, forget about worries about the afterlife, you live now and you will live forever! Immortality is a complex concept that can be found in different books and medias. It could even be just the spiritual one, the immortality of the soul, but that's not the kind of immortality we are talking about here. We are talking about the immortality of your body and your mind: take parte in whatevere risky sport you want, go anywhere you want without fearing dangers, because while you might still feel pain, you won't be killed by anything! Think about it: we will never know how the world will look in 10.000 years (we won't even know if the world will still be there) but you will! You get to experience the future, but at the same time for you it will the present, and our current present for you will be the past. The 2000s will look like the Ancient Greek era for you, or even prehistoric time after you live for a couple millions years.

Yes, being immortal is not easy as the different medias showed us... You think the life of an Highlander was easy? Okay, they could be beheaded anytime but I don't know if they were actually happy. But there are also so many fictional characters that are immortal - many of them were just in one single episode of a single show, so to list them all would be a massive task. Impossible. Well, actually maybe being immortal you could be able to list all the other immortals in fiction! But remember, once you choose immortality, there is no turning back. You choose to live, and you get to live. Forever. You'll never know the sweet embrace of death.

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Pros
  • You get to live forever
  • You have ton of time to finish every single project
  • You can learn any language, to play any instrument, read every book, watch every movie, play every game ever made
  • You'll live through history: for future historians you might be a wonderful resource

Cons
  • If you got stuck somewhere it might take a long time before you are saved
  • Might get boring after a thousand years
  • You might not be able to remember everything after 200-300 years
  • If the World's End comes... well, have a nice stay in the nothingness!
  • Being immortal doesn't make you immune to pain
  • Bad people might want to take advantage on you
  • Society is always changing, but being born in an "ancient" society after a couple of decades you might find hard to live in it
  • You won't evolve: in some millions years humans might have changed enormously
  • All your friends and family will die. You will survive all of them, forever

Supporters

kingcool52

Depends

It all depends on how the future pans out I guess. There is so much wrong with the world right now and I just can't see any of our situations getting a lot better especially with terrorism becoming such a big problem recently. And because of that, I doubt you would want to live forever in a broken and horrible world. But if all the issues are resolved then it would be amazing to be immortal.
Posted by kingcool52 on 09-24-2017
limberg

Live forever!

Being able to choose the exact time and way of death is intriguing. You can set a time of after a million years and set a very peaceful death. You'll something like immortal too right? The question is when can you set your time and date of death? Can you set it at anytime during your lifetime?

Because of these vague rules, I'd rather choose to be immortal.Forever has a nice ring to it. There would be a lot of possibilities. If I were immortal, I'd have all the time in the world. There would be no need to rush this because I know that I have unlimited time. I'll be able to witness everything that happens to the world without any worries. I'll be rich. I'll be powerful. It would be so much fun.

Posted by limberg on 09-23-2017
Mehano

Sounds great

I think that the majority of people when asked, would definitely pick to be immortal. Many fear death and I think that if you'd choose the exact date and place you would just be stuck thinking about it until it happened.

But if you knew that you're immortal you could truly get the full experience out of life. Just imagine seeing how the world progresses. How the society develops, meeting all the different people through the years and more. It truly sounds amazing and I wouldn't mind this option at all!

Posted by Mehano on 09-24-2017
AlexHarris

Be immortal

Well, being Muslim we know that everyone is going to die eventually so why not live as long as you can until the judgment day is here. I personally want to see how humanity evolves over the years and how far we get before the end. Every time I think of how I will probably never get to see humans inhabit mars but if we continue life as we are now we will end up there. Also thinking about how we might discover other intelligent life in the Universe with undeniable proof and actual interaction. Or maybe how we will get out of the solar system and be able to get to other stars in a reasonable amount of time. All those things make me wish I could live forever to see just how far we get.
Posted by AlexHarris on 09-24-2017
hermessantos

Be immortal

This is a really difficult choice. But I think I'd rather be immortal. However, I would like to be immortal, but always value life as if it had an end. I would like to be immortal and make that power, something positive for me to change the world. End hunger, war and inequality. I think it would be worth living forever.
Posted by hermessantos on 09-25-2017
overcast

Being Immortal

If we can stop the ageing process of our body. Or some way reverse the ageing to specific age. I think that would be surely a good way for us to remain immortal. I'd surely be wanting to make use of the tech that can give me all of that. It'd be reasonable to see that being immortal has it's set of limits too. Not worth living forever.
Posted by overcast on 09-24-2017
JoeMilford

I Guess Immortal

I do not like either one of these choices. I would only choose to be immortal if everyone I loved could have the same fate. Being able to choose my own fate is one thing, and I think that people choose immortality in this context out of fear, but living forever is more of a curse than a blessing. I embrace death, and I do not mind when it comes. However, to live forever like some vagabond lost beyond the gates of time sounds like hell to me. No thanks.
Posted by JoeMilford on 09-23-2017
wiseagent

Forever!

I think being immortal is the dream of anyone in this world (if it's not for everyone, it must be about 99% of people). Being able to live forever is something sensational (as long as life is lived in a healthy way).

Long live, haha!

Posted by wiseagent on 09-23-2017
Tania997

Immortality

Immortality would be great, seeing everything change, seeing all the generations come and go.. It would initially be sad because you would see everyone you love die, but in the future you will remember and honor their deaths by making the world a better place. You would already know how to avoid disasters and a lot of things, you could save a lot of people in fires or things like these because you can't die.
Posted by Tania997 on 09-24-2017
Heatman

Immortality is Priceless

What would ever be the cost of acquiring immortality and I think if it's obtainable, the wealthy and affluent men in the world today would buy it up all in one heart beat. I think immortality is the greatest gift of all when it comes to what best part of mystery that one could ever hope for.

I have seen a reasonable movies where immortality came to play and it's something that is so important and interesting that anyone would kill to get it. Personally, I'm willing to go to any extent or level to get immortality if it's possible.

Posted by Heatman on 09-23-2017

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Choose the exact time and way of your death

Choose the exact time and way of your death
If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, you might remember that famous line by the lovable fan favorite Tyrion Lannister. When asked how he would like to die, he replied something like "In my bed, at the age of 80, with a belly full of wine and a woman mouth around my...." well we can stop here, the concept is clear. Death is scary for many reasons, and one of those is because we don't know it: not only we don't know what's after death, even if there is actually something, we don't know how we are going to die. We know it will happen eventually, some day, but when we are alone, not thinking about anything, the thought of how our ultimate demise will come is often brought up by our tricky brain. How many people would like to choose the way they'll go, and maybe even the time! With this option, you could - of course you couldn't choose something impossible, like in the year 100.000 while riding a unicorn with a machinegun instead of his horn, falling into a black hole between Mars and Saturn. Nope, something realistic within your possible lifespan. There are many option you could choose, anyway: why don't die in your sleep? You go to sleep, you dream something nice (hopefully) and... that's it. You abandon the Earth and the life forever with a smile on your face. Or... are you a fan of Futurama? Then death by snu snu might sound familiar. Heart attack is also a favorite pick by many people, but I don't think that would be as quickly and painless as they think. But again, if you can choose the way you die, why don't die in some totally badass manner? Like jumping from a exploding helicopter while shooting seagulls with a bazooka, landing in the firey pit of a erupting volcano ? I mean it's unlikable to happen, but it's not physically impossible! It might happen if you want to! Your choice. Carrie Fisher used to say she wanted to die drowned in moonlight while strangled by her own bra. What about you?

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Pros
  • You know exactly when you are going to die, and you can project everything at your own pace
  • With this option, you cannot die in any other way
  • You can also choose the way you die: if you are a masochist good for you, if not even better!

Cons
  • You'll live in constant anxiety thinking about that time
  • Eventually, you'll die
  • The last days, hours and minutes before your death might be horrible
  • Knowing when you are going to die migh
  • You can't cheat: you can't choose, for example, for the date on your death to be in the year 1 million

Supporters

wallet

The exact time

This option would be a high privilege, to know when to die and how. Having the chance to choose it is unimaginable, but I would choose to die around 60 years in my sleep. I do not wish to be immortal and see the people I love dying, what is the use of life if we live without the people we love?
Posted by wallet on 09-24-2017
zheh

I'd rather know the exact time and way of my death

Though i love the mystery in our life, if i would be given a chance to choose if i'm going to be immortal or choose the exact time and way of my death, i would choose to have the ability to choose the time and way of my death. Because in being immortal i think, there's no more thrill in it, you will have all the time in your life to do and choose everything, you can have everything you want and use your immortality in getting every power on earth. Which i think if i'm the one to be immortal it would be really boring and sad. So i'd rather choose the time of my death and set it in the time that i am ready to leave and that i know i don't have any unfinished business and i have done all i wanted to do. And i would choose the easiest way to die. I think i will choose to die in my sleep.
Posted by zheh on 09-24-2017
Dkaraly

The exact time and way

I have watched enough T.V Shows and read too many books with immortal characters in them to know that it is more of a curse than a blessing. The fear of forgetting important things and love ones, the pain of watching people you know grow old and die, the boredom after a couple of centuries, the emptiness and the loss of empathy. No, thank you!

If I could have the chance to choose the time and way of my death, then I would choose to die of old age (around 85 years old) while placidly sleeping on my bed.

Posted by Dkaraly on 09-23-2017
blank629

The right time at the right place.

I prefer to choose the exact time and way of my death than by being immortal. It is hard for me that all my loved ones have passed by and here I am staying in the world. So if I have a chance to choose the exact time and my way of death, well maybe I will decide this if I do my part in this world and improve more to help other living things be happy.
Posted by blank629 on 09-24-2017
tophew

death with meaningful life..

For me it would be boring living forever and all your love once dies, and i believe life after death is either heaven or hell so for me if i know when i die i am okay with it as long as i am with the Lord and the death would not be painful. heaven is more wonderful place to live in this earth it's all temporary.
Posted by tophew on 09-24-2017

Comments

Joteque
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is for the living and apparently when someone, somewhere, somehow will die as there will be the birth of a new. I like the sound of that and even more it is life in all it's glory! Few times there will be thought of immortality as well as the sacred hour when we depart this place once called home. The mysteries of our lives will always lead to such an enchanting fervor. But we have the present and this in itself presents a world that we have yet to fully explore. The memories are timeless as if they speak to our immortal self. The energy is death defying and even if we don't die when we consider the meaning of lifelessness, we are fully aware of when this energy is present or absent. Sometimes I think that the clues that we need to unravel the mysteries such as immortality and death are right before our eyes but we cannot see them because we're too busy looking for something else! I choose life and all they mysteries within.
Posted by Joteque on 09-23-2017
muaaz.93
 Very long and extended lifespan, far longer than the conventional human lifespan, is theoretically possible. Not only can we apparently (and are already doing so in practice - somewhat) extend the lifespan of biological humans, but it will be possible to enhance and merge ourselves with non-biological components, allowing us to live for perhaps millions, and maybe a few billion years. However, ‘eternity’, where you will absolutely never die - even in many billions of years is absurd as far as the standard understanding of physics goes.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 09-23-2017
kgord
I would like neither of these options but if I had to choose one, I guess I would go with the exact time and way of my death. Fortunately, we don't have to choose these things. I hope we never have to choose. It would take an awful lot of money to be immortal because it is not free to live..nor would I be necessarily interested in doing that. We all are mortal by the design of the creator.
Posted by kgord on 09-23-2017
Barida
I will like to live forever, which is to be immortal. I do not see reasons why I should want to die considering how sweet the world look and one thing I would also want as I live forever is to acquire all the riches of this world. I mean when we die, we are not sure of where we are going, so why then should I want to choose the moment that I'm gonna die considering how sweet living on this planet has been for me.
Posted by Barida on 09-23-2017
Marvadaum
I wouldn't pick any. Personally, I think that this would be extremely unnatural. I wouldn't want to live forever to see all my loved ones to pass away before me and I don't think anyone could choose the time of his or her own death
Posted by Marvadaum on 09-23-2017
chatbox
If I have this power, I would choose the exact time and way of my death. No, I don't want to live forever if that would mean I'll also outlive my loved ones. I would hate to start life anew and be with new people each generation. Likewise, at some point, my memory will fade and my thinking power will go away with it. What's the point of not dying if you can't remember anything and you have physically aged?
Posted by chatbox on 09-23-2017
babyright
I will want God to make me to become immortal. In the beginning God created humans to be immortal, but because of our sin agaist God that was the reason why God made it compulsory for everybody to go through death. When you are immortal , then you are free from all the troubles of life and without aging or going through death.
Posted by babyright on 09-23-2017
joey98
Non of the above could be possible, being immortal has to be with the ability to stay youthful, which is impossible, and determining the time of one's death would be a suicide.
Posted by joey98 on 09-23-2017
lovely
Who wouldn't want to live forever. Well give me immortality any day ,anytime and I will be eternally grateful. I wouldn't want to die at all,I know it would get boring at a point but there will be absolutely no problem with that I wish I can live forever
Posted by lovely on 09-23-2017
overcast
I think if you have some long set of guidelines and project to do in life. Then yes sure the long life makes sense. Otherwise it would not be a good idea for staying alive forever. You can see that things can be a bit harder on many ways. And people have to find out meaning for their life. On that phase being immortal is not going to cut it at all. I'd say people should be thinking more about the short yet good life.
Posted by overcast on 09-24-2017
honeybabe
Better be immortal if I will choose, I want to live forever and to things I want to do .If I am immortal I can plan all things I want to do without thinking the time will run out. I can explore in everywhere, I can see every people with different generation. I can see the entire world’s evolution from generation to next generation. You get to see all sorts of future events. People love to speculate what the future may bring and when something in particular will happen. You don't have to deal with getting old and weak. You don't have to ever worry about getting sick. You can have plenty of time to experience all sorts of things in life. You could potentially get really good at things because you'd have more practice and experience that is normally humanly possible.
Posted by honeybabe on 09-24-2017
Wubwub
If I could cheat the system and pick a longer time span before I died I would have gone with the second option but since that isn't available I'd rather just live forever if I could. That way I wouldn't even have to worry about how I would die and additionally I could live for a long time and have a lot of time to learn things and be a better person that way. The only downside is that I might get sick of it but I prefer that to dying for now at least. Maybe I will change my mind in the future but for now that seems more appealing to me.
Posted by Wubwub on 09-25-2017
gata montes
As to me the disadvantages of both far outweigh any of the benefits - neither of these options sounds particularly appealing.

In fact as choosing when and how you would die comes with a whole load of issues that could lead you to regret the date you'd chosen - and the end result of being immortal/living forever - could mean existing rather than living - as not only would you be watching your family and friends departing over and over again - but as there would be no challenges and life with no end in sight would also lose its meaning - I would much rather live a short but full happy life - than endure a never ending tedious existence.
Posted by gata montes on 09-25-2017
vinaya
What would I do with immortality when the people I love will be gone. My immortality is nothing when my loved ones are mortals. Therefore, I will choose the exact time and the way I will die. Immortality is a wonderful idea, however, when you are living forever you will remain sad and dejected because the people you love will die before your eyes.
Posted by vinaya on 10-04-2017
Nico2017
None of the options because I think it will be horrible to see your family and people die and you will be lost forever, it is like that benjamin button book and is really sad. And the other option is disturbing because I couldn't leave my life in peace is I know the exact date hour and minute that I would be dead, and without knowing what causes my death. so I think the life is perfect the way it is.
Posted by Nico2017 on 10-05-2017
DanoCath
There's always an ending to any beginning, and death is something that every individual of us must be ready of. If I have to choose between becoming immortal or choose the exact time and way of my death, I'll definitely choose the latter. Death is something that will bring me happiness so I'll choose the latter part.
Posted by DanoCath on 10-06-2017
Authord
Hmm, I'm not greedy o, but I think I will want both of them, I would I have gone for the Immortality, but then I remembered that, everything will one day, become bored and with the way, the world is going, things are becoming more stupid and people are now finding joy in their foolishness. So at some point in time I would get fed up and will want to die, because I can't stay here for ever.
Posted by Authord on 10-09-2017
anna
One of my greatest fears is immortality. Regardless of what happens after I die (if there's an afterlife) it's comforting to know that death is going to happen at some point. That fact encourages me to live the best life that I can live.
Posted by anna on 10-16-2017
sspi
Neither one nor the other. I wouod not want to be immortal as i believe that there is an afterlife which is better than this life in every possible way. I would not dream of choosing the date and method of passing away because it is unthinkable to come to terms with it especially when considering the loved ones you leave behind.
Posted by sspi on 10-17-2017