Who Wants to Live Forever?

Who Wants to Live Forever?

When I tell people that I plan on living for thousands of years, if not forever, I get a few different reactions depending on their beliefs. The majority of people simply think I’m crazy, but mainly they express concern that it’s not natural, and that they would never want to live forever even if it was possible.

At the moment they are right in that it is not yet possible. There are no technologies that can radically extend the human lifespan. But there soon will be, and there are many books and web sites that describe how it’s possible (theoretically), and some that give timelines as to when.

But back to the skeptics. I think it’s strange that the people that say they would never want to live forever think that when they die their immortal soul will go to heaven to be with God for all eternity.

What!? All eternity!? But…that’s forever!

Funny, the same ones that say they would never want to live forever are already planning on doing just that. They simply feel that they need to die first in order to live forever. So it’s not the living forever part that concerns them, just the order in which they feel it should happen. I also find it humorous that they feel that radical life extension is fantasy and far fetched, but that the immortal soul going to heaven to be with God seems to make perfect sense. Again I say, WHAT?

At this point I’m not even trying to debunk the god hypothesis, just open peoples eyes to what they actually believe and what will actually be possible. Radical life extension does not even go against the possibility of an afterlife, just when you might meet it.

How long do you plan on being in heaven? 1,000 years, 10,000? I’ll bet that if there is a heaven, and that even if you extended your life to a MILLION years, heaven will still be there. So please, when you hear about technologies that try to extend the human lifespan or generally try to improve the human condition, don’t fear and hate. The people who are trying to do this are not going against God, or even trying to play God. We just want to make life better, fuller, and have more time to experience what the universe has to teach us.

Shawn Gilbert 7-15-06