• Question: Would you like to live forever?

    Asked by killa to Colin, John, Kevin, Shikha, Triona on 7 Nov 2014.
    • Photo: Shikha Sharma

      Shikha Sharma answered on 7 Nov 2014:

      Hi Killa,
      So, my answer to your question is No. I don’t want to become Immortal. Life cycle is a natural process, living forever means manipulating the natural process. Nature has its own rules which help us to balance life on earth. And I believe if you try to manipulate the nature’s rules it always comes with more risks than benefits.
      Life is precious because it’s associated with death which reminds us to cherish every moment. I want to spend a quality life (disease free) with my family and friends and then want to follow the end of my life cycle. The mere idea of immortality is a torture for me.


    • Photo: Kevin Motherway

      Kevin Motherway answered on 8 Nov 2014:

      I’ve pasted my answer to this from a similar question

      No and I wouldn’t want to. Some parts of our body constantly renew like our skin. Others like the discs between our vertebrae just wear out. Living longer as we are all now doing means it creates new problems like hips and knees wearing out as we’re living far longer than our DNA has designed us to do. The world population is also going up and up not because of increased birth rates but because we’re living longer. If we were to live forever how would we feed everyone. While every death is a personal tragedy but it’s also it’s part of the natural order and without death we wouldn’t have life.

      Eventually something will get you. Most likely cancer. Cancers rates are rising world wide and it’s not because the planet is more polluted or the government deliberately poisoning us, if you live long enough eventually those random mutations that are responsible for evolution most will most likely lead to a mutation that causes a cell to go haywire, not die and instead keep multiplying.

      Life is about quality not quantity. If your are going to get an extra 20 years it will be as a very elderly feeble person; not 20 extra years as a 21 year old! No one wants to die, but it’s inevitable. It’s how you spend your finite life on Earth that matters. So use your time wisely: don’t become a Tax Consultant, become a Scientist!