What's more scary?

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What's a scarier thought? Death or Existing Forever?

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  1. Mortenga
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    Okay, this is a topic that i'm very interested in and I'd like to know everyone's thoughts on the subject.

    What's a scarier thought? Death or Existing Forever?
    Personally, Death is a more scary thought.
    This is because I believe that when you die, you cease to exist, like an eternal sleep. Existing forever would be a godsend, though I'd probably age and become like a twig, but it's better than dying.
     
  2. Destructobot

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    You might change your mind trillions of years from now when the universe has run its course, the stars have burnt out, all other life is gone, food and water are but fleeting memories, and there's nothing left but reruns of the Rachael Ray show. Forever.
     
  3. hankchill

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    Living forever is definitely worse. I'd rather die someday.

    Can you even imagine working till the end of days to support yourself? I sure as hell wouldn't want to do that! Plus with all the emotion and heartache we go through, oh and can't forget pain, I'd rather die someday. Heck, I know I'm already going to die eventually, but really the thought doesn't scare me.

    But still, rather die than live forever with guilt, remorse, heartache, pain, whatever [​IMG]
     
  4. Issac

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    well.... i think, imortality is good.... but to be able to turn it off eventually [​IMG]
    I dont want to die... i think human life is too short...
    but living forever isn't that good either, cause of pain, angst, sadness etc.
    yeh
     
  5. Hiratai

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    I don't understand why people say life is short. I go outside and wait in line thinking it's taking forever.
     
  6. ZAFDeltaForce

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    Immorality is scarier for me. I can't bear working every day forever just to make ends meet, its like a living hell. Also, as we progress through time, our bodies age. By the time we reach our 1000th year of living, we would be nothing but brains in jars for another eternity

    That doesn't sound like much fun [​IMG]
     
  7. mthrnite

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    Immortality would not be good, though I'd like the human lifespan to increase to three or four hundred years.
    That said, I assume you mean by death, the death of individual consciousness. This is indeed scary, but if you step up a level, and view life as life itself, individual aspects of it die constantly, making way for new individual aspects to grow and evolve, and create lattices for new structures of life. So, death is change, and nothing is constant but change, as the old saying goes. I think overall that's a good thing. I certainly hope my sons prove to be a worthwhile extension of my life, as I hope I have been for my predecessors. To be still is to stagnate. We need the moving waters of life to cut a path into the future, and to make life better for those that have the ability to perceive it. Life may seem pointless to some, but it's the framework we exist within, I can see no reason not to make the best of it, and progression (including death) is necessary for that to happen.

    I think.
     
  8. moozxy

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    If you're immortal you wouldn't have to work, since you don't need money for food.
    I think I'd like to be immortal if we stop aging at the peak of our lives. It'd better if everybody stayed immortal too, although the lack of space would be a problem I guess. But still if everyone lived forever, then I that'd be the end of life how we live now. There'd be no money, no jobs, since there's no need. Everything will move at a much slower pace I guess, you can do everything you wanted to, in your own time.
    I guess there should be some Law Enforcement though, to stop crimes like rape and pedophilia etc. Don't know what the punishment would be like [​IMG] , doing time in prison wouldn't be effective since... we have all the time in the world.
    If this happens though it could go either way.. dystopia or utopia.
     
  9. Szyslak

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    You just blew my mind. [​IMG] Hurry up and pass that thing will ya? (By "thing" I mean either bongo or cigarillo, your choice)

    I guess I've always been more afraid of losing the ones I love than dying, so immortality would be one of the worst things I could imagine.
     
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    I aggree with Szyslak dying yourself before they die is probably the best if you ask me.
     
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    I'm ready to die when death is ready for me. I don't spend too much time thinking about it to be honest. I just hope it's not painful when it gets here.
     
  12. Sinkhead

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    This is very sensible and this is the way I feel too. We're all going to die eventually, I wonder what will be round the corner? I'm not religious, but I still wonder... Maybe the Jews/Muslims/Buddhists/whatever were right after all! Logically, at least 4 out of the 5 religions must be wrong...

    - Sam
     
  13. mthrnite

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    I said as much to my mother once...

    ..once.

    She tore me a new asshole for the mere thought of wishing upon her the unbearable pain of losing a child. In hindsight I now know exactly how she felt, and I agree, it was a horribly selfish thing for me to say.
     
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    I wouldn't want to die now. But later in my life there might be times I wish I could die (if I had a terrible accident and became disabled - cant move, cant open eyes, etc.)
    In other words, I'd like to be able to choose the time of my death.
    With immortality, I guess I'd be able to live as old as I want but I could still die from a disease, an accident or something, or even decide to kill myself.
    So my choice is immortality, as long as I can die whenever I want ...
    but hey, maybe some day scientists will invent some way to keep humans alive alot longer, with pills or some cell regeneration technique? maybe you don't know yet, but you could be immortal - if this technique is invented before the day of your death.

    [​IMG]
     
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    There is in fact a nanomicro thingy similar to a pacemaker that will help controlling your heart and such so you'll live for over 100 years for sure, but then again I only read it in a science magazine and it's probably just a test they're doing to a few people. Maybe if you reincarnate you'll get to use it. In fact, no one mentioned reincarnation, who says life ends when you die? >_>
     
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    Immortality without choice of dying, definitely. Also depends whether you age or not, if you age to the point of where you're unable to do anything except think then that would blow balls. I'd hate to be alive after the world has ended (assuming it does), being a concious entity in an infinite void of nothingness for all eternity would for one word; suck.

    If I could be immortal but choose when I want to die, even if it meant a gruesome death I'd most probably do it just to see what the future holds for mankind. Would be hella interesting.
     
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    no one here is dead so you can't truly say if death is scarier or not.
     
  18. shaunj66

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    Well then think of it this way, would you rather live for ever knowing you'd always wake, or be in an eternal sleep (the most common perception of death)?
     
  19. kingeightsix

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    i'd choose to be immortal. as long as i don't age. i'd go learn everything i could... i'd learn everything about the world. i'd then shoot myself into space on a voyage (since i can't die...) and try to find another race... i'd then teach them about us & if they were more advanced, i'd like to ask them for some help to bring this world from dying. i'd like to learn from them and try to keep our world from warring & using all these chemicals to destroy our already injured ozone. i'd then shoot myself back (or hopefully the other race would have developed warp speed lol)... then i'd teach our world.

    ps i'd also like to sleep with a few aliens along the way... that would be cool.
     
  20. Hitto

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    I'd rather have immortality. Leave it up to me to never be bored. I know I won't. Lots of things to do.