View Poll Results: Would you like to live forever, with everlasting youth?

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    neruke is offline Senior Member Long Time Member
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    I want it. Could do reasearch and gather knowledge.

    I dont think I could get bored of this world, its just too interesting.
    Anyway couldnt said it better than Terasiel.

    I find it quite funny how many people find it always appalling to live forever.
    They think they get bored (although they dont even know already the slightest bit of the world) or they think they get lonely (although everyone sees beloved people die in his life).

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    I would love to have eternal life/youth for just one reason, to reach the stars. It makes me sad to think I won't live long enough to find out what's really out there.

    If computer games hadn't stolen my life away I'd have become an astronomer instead of a programmer.

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    Terasiel is offline Senior Member Community Builder
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadDogMike View Post
    If computer games hadn't stolen my life away I'd have become an astronomer instead of a programmer.
    That's nice and all, but you just blamed your lack of progress on inanimate objects that you don't ingest. Besides, since when did Astronomy require a degree in order to study and enjoy it? Now if you meant Astronaut - I could understand you wishing you had focused your life on achieving that goal. It takes more than a High School science book and a telescope to become an astronaut.

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    MadDogMike is offline Senior Member Always Around
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    Who said anything about being an astronaut? Before I had been introduced to computers/games I wanted to become a scientist and I had an intense interest in outer space. Computers introduced something new to me that I loved more, my life goal changed from wanting to be a scientist/astronomer to wanting to be a programmer (especially a game programmer if the opportunity arose). Not once have I lost my passion for learning about outer space though. You're right though, I can still do it as a hobby, which is why I'm buying a telescope soon.

    Now, why did you feel the need to pick at my post in a negative way in the first place? Maybe you just misunderstood what I meant by "computer games stole my life". I should have inserted a smiley in there or something, I didn't mean it in the literal way. Damn text based message boards for cutting out the most essential part of communication, body language!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadDogMike View Post
    ---Retort---
    Ya know what, I just took that the wrong way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urameshi-sama View Post
    The only thing that could really screw you would be a life term jail sentence.
    Actually, a life sentence in jail is a maximum of 20 years. Because naturally, that's most of your life. But even a few consecutive life sentences wouldn't be more than an annoyance. Besides, if you're imprisoned you have a reason to want to get out, and even if they extended your sentence to all of eternity you'd have that much time to figure out a way to get out XD

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    Okay, it would seem that the main argument for the "No" side would be loneliness (roneriness?) from watching all your loved ones die one after another; the "Yes" side seems to believe that the benefits that can be reaped with everlasting life (knowledge, pleasure, etc.), and that one would become used to the loss of friends and family.

    Well, as mentioned in the OP, this thread was inspired in part by the novel/film Stardust. I'd like to draw an example from the ending of the novel here (the film ending was much more optimistic; American cinema-goers don't like weepy endings).

    To make a long story short, a young lad named Tristran sets out on a journey to find a fallen star for a girl he fancies. Turns out, the star is a girl herself, who never ages. So they return to the lad's home, events transpire, and they eventually fall in love. They marry, but while Tristran ages, the star (Yvaine) does not. So when Tristran eventually dies, Yvaine is left to rule their kingdom by herself. The novel ends with her sadly starring up at the night sky and the stars alone.

    So my question to the people who voted yes: suppose you fall in love with someone sometime during your eternal life. How will you handle not aging while s/he does, and when s/he dies, will you be able to continue living?


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    I'd be too curious. I want to die someday....someday far far away, just to see if there is an afterlife. And if there isn't, I'm hardly going to be around to care, am I? Also I'd have to become one of two things to stay sane, the record keeper for one very interesting family(so I can have plenty of friends even after people die off) or a complete recluse.

    I love Steal! <3

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    Quote Originally Posted by be0wulf View Post
    So my question to the people who voted yes: suppose you fall in love with someone sometime during your eternal life. How will you handle not aging while s/he does, and when s/he dies, will you be able to continue living?
    First of all, not aging while she does? The same way people who fall in love with those more than a decade older than them seem to do. You just have to get used it to.

    Secondly...like we've said before: People die. If you love someone, and they die first - it doesn't mean you will die soon after and all's better again. People tend to live on after their lovers are dead.

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    1. No, but this is different. Say you gain eternal life when you're 18 and you also meet a girl who's 18. Twenty years into your relationship, she'll be 38 and you'll still be 18. Fourty years, it'll be 58 and 18. When she's old and decrepit and on her deathbed, you'll still be 18. Totally different situation than merely a great difference in age in a relationship.

    2. Yes, but this life will go on forever. So seeing your loved ones die will happen again and again.


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