Learned Helplessness About Immortality (fwd)

Don Ashley dashley at TENET.EDU
Mon Mar 4 07:59:56 EST 1996

On 2 Mar 1996, Todd A Carter wrote:

> >Subject: Re: Learned Helplessness About Immortality (fwd)
> >
> >Actually, that is what I was asking the group.  Why would people want to live
> >for an extended period of time.  On  2/10/96 via this thread you posted many
> >reasons people might 'resist' the idea of living forever.  I simply wanted to
> >know why people are promoting the idea of living forever.  What is there to
> >gain?
> Many people argue that it would not be enjoyable to live forever, that a 
> certain boredom or disinterest would set in.  This, I suppose, is a 
> definite possibility.  

One does not have to live forever to experience 'certain boredom or 
disinterest'.  There are many opportunities to waste time like that in 
our traditional life expectancy of less than 100 years.

> I, personally would prefer the option of living 
> for, if not forever, than an extremely long time.
> There are more things to do and see on this planet than I could possibly 
> do in a single normal human lifespan.  There is also more to learn and 
> experience.  And, if you add the possibility of accessable space travel 
> someday, you can throw the magnitude of the universe into the bucket.
> Basically, a combination of curiosity about the universe and about the 
> future provides the motivation for an increased life span.
> --Todd Carter

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