Is Immortality Enough?

Immortality (or eternal life) is the concept of living in a physical or spiritual form for an infinite or inconceivably vast length of time. ~Wikipedia

The Quest For Immortality

WANT TO LIVE 500 YEARS? ONE SCIENTIST SAYS IT MAY BE POSSIBLE ONE DAY

BY DANIEL SCHORN 

(CBS) How’s this for an offer you can’t refuse: how would you like to live say, 400 or 500 years, or even more and all of them in perfect health? It’s both a Utopian and a nightmare scenario but there are those who say it is well within the realm of possibility.

Though we live longer and healthier lives than our grandparents, 100 is more or less the outer limit because, catastrophic disease aside, we just plain wear out. But 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer talked to one scientist who says that’s old-fashioned thinking, that sometime in the next 20 to 30 years or so we’ll be able to recondition ourselves for the first steps towards immortality.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/12/28/60minutes/main1168852.shtml

According to Imminst.org (Immortality Institute), their mission is to “conquer the blight of involuntary death”.

Raymond Khoury, in his novel The Sanctuary, discusses the concept of immortality:

“Transplants are about reconnecting nerves and veins and, yes, maybe even spinal cords one day. But this is different. This is about stopping the damage that happens to our cells, to our DNA, to our tissues and organs, with every breath we take. It’s about errors in DNA replication, it’s about molecules inside our body getting bombarded by free radicals and mutating wrongly and just degrading over time. It’s about wear and tear.” ~Mia

“But that’s my point. It’s not the years, it’s the mileage.” “You’re talking about cells getting damaged and breaking down, which is very different from saying they’re programmed to live a certain length of time, and then die. It’s like, if you buy a new pair of trainers. You wear them, you jog in them, the soles wear out and the shoes fall apart. If you don’t wear them, they don’t just disintegrate after a few years in their box. Wear and tear. It’s why we die, right? There’s no ticking clock that tells our body its time is up. We’re not programmed to die, are we? ~ Tom Webster a.k.a Kirkwood

Immortality being one of those philosophical debates raging for centuries, is one filled with notions of mad-scientists, quackery, and black magic. As an agnostic, I have wondered how the people of the Old Testament mentioned in the bible were said to have lived for upwards of 600-700 years. In the 20th century we’re just beginning to regain our age limit upwards to 100. This of course, comes after centuries of the average human being lucky to see the ripe old age of 70.

Unless ancient technology has yet to be found, it is arguable to say that those who lived in the pre-biblical days did not work and live in a manner to which they wore themselves down.

immortalityquoteMany already argue over the issues of an already over populated planet. However, with longevity the age for bearing children may come later. There are also natural resources to take into consideration.

With humanity currently seeking to extend their life, 200 may seem a wanton goal. However, once we start living to be 200, or even 400-500 as the above scientist suggests, humans will undoubtedly decide it’s still not good enough. Humanity will either try to devise a way of living even longer by creating over-the-counter meds and cosmetics designed to make you live longer and look better as you do, or perhaps they’ll decide that 70 is long enough after all.

Notwithstanding the term ‘immortality’ is generally equated with eternity, what’s your take on immortality, even if it means that the body gives up at around the age of 200?

When is a good time to die?