Immortal, but with an internal "kill-switch" that you can activate should you ever wish to.Forever is an almost unimaginable concept. The Earth may blow up, the galaxies cool and expire, life may cease everywhere , would I like to see all that and be incapable of dying? No.
A greatly expanded lifespan would be fine, similar to the character Flint in Star Trek T.O.S. episode Requiem For Methuselah. Maybe also I'd like to have been born slightly later, say 1990, so I could see the first settlement of Man on the Moon and go there myself, which I think will happen in around 2050, just too late for me , though I'd be 90 so it's maybe just possible.
Most people are I believe happy with the era their living in. Watching the tv show Catweazle, among all the humour and mirth, it's shown that Catweazle longs for his own time. With all the amazing things he sees, he still wishes he was back in1066 in his cave .
" noise and smoke, this new world chokes with it...I'm a fish out of water"
Now that's a compromise I could happily live with!Immortal, but with an internal "kill-switch" that you can activate should you ever wish to.
If you don't activate it, you don't die.
Who says you have to be immortal to get used to the deaths of loved ones around you?Now that's a compromise I could happily live with!
But, to my mind, it raises the question of whether an immortal being would simply get used to the deaths of loved ones around them, throughout the forthcoming centuries?
Whether they would get used to being: always - ultimately - doomed to walk alone?
Would the compensation of seeing the wonders out there, hopefully beyond Earth and even this solar system - of watching humanity's achievements as they happened - make up for the endless dreadful losses?
Or would those accumulated losses all add up to a heap of despair and a burden simply too big to continue with?
Would all of us - no matter our mental strength, philosophies, beliefs or adaptability - end up reaching for that OFF switch? And the unfolding wonders of the universe around us be damned?
Memory and immortality is an interesting concept. Why when we wake in the morning do we accept we're the same person as yesterday. Memory of course. Memory equals identity. No memory no continuous identity.Yes, I would do it. I don't think boredom would be a problem because of something called a memory horizon which is the hypothesis you can only remember so many things. I'm over 50 and my memory is still really good but sometimes I see a name and it's familiar but I don't have any memories associated with it. It usually turns out to be someone from school. Now I went to a small school with the same 50 people for 12 years so forgetting one feels like a big deal but I certainly have forgotten some. I've looked through old Facebook message exchanges with people that I clearly knew well at the time but I couldn't tell you who they are now. And FB isn't that old compared to me. But still, my memory is better than most of my friends I think. There is a sci-fi short story, can't remember the name (ha-ha), about 2 people who meet in a cafe and get along. They start to feel like they might have met before. Eventually it is revealed they are immortals and were once married for decades but it was so long ago they have forgotten.
Well, exactly. But we don't need to live a thousand years, are any of us really the same people we were 30-40-50 years ago? (if you are old enough) I'm not. I look back at the man I was in the 20's and I don't know that guy. The man in his 30's rings a bell. The man in his 40's, yeah, I remember him. The person I was as a teenager -- total alien. If a man commits a murder at 20, does it make sense to lock him up for life? I don't know. Is he the same man at 40, at 50? Murder is an extreme example but I think it depends on the circumstances. Did the person kill as a mistake, an error in judgement; or because of bad character. I've learned there is a difference.Memory and immortality is an interesting concept. Why when we wake in the morning do we accept we're the same person as yesterday. Memory of course. Memory equals identity. No memory no continuous identity.
So being immortal and forgetting what you did and who you met thousands of years ago would call continuous identity into question. Physically you may be immortal but without memory and therefore identity it would be a pointless and hollow concept.
Perhaps we all have immortal souls, perhaps my soul lived inside a body in 1672, but I have no memory of it, so it can't really be my soul except in a vague useless concept. See video below.