Would you take an immortality pill? (1 Viewer)

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Helllll no. I took a break from my anti-natalist readings and came here to see this. Hilarious.

I can't wait to get out of here.

Taxes, meal prep, red lights, shingles, male pattern baldness, breast cancer, special needs kids, performance reviews, 3PM meetings on a Friday, IRS audits, dyslexia, past due bills, check engine lights, clogged drains, potholes, commercials, wedgies, accidental decapitation, suicide bombers, IBS, high-blood pressure, cankles, press 1 for English, toothaches, constipation...

Look at all the ointments and salves and pills in the medicine aisles. That tells you everything you need to know about life.

Deadlines. Alarm clocks. SMH.

Going around in circles every freaking day; ending up in the exact same place you started.

I'll be damned if I live forever. Literally. šŸ¤¬
šŸ˜‚ best part was wedgies
 

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Some things to consider

Many have already mentioned friends and family - no need to rehash that

Can you choose to go back to your peak physical self - say 25 years old or are you as you are when you take it?

Can you gain or lose weight?

Is this pill available and many have taken it or are you the only one? And if you're the only one is it a secret or does the whole world know it?

An important question - Are you Superman or are you Wolverine?

If someone shoots you in the gut will you be shot in the gut, feel all the pain of being shot in the gut, but heal in seconds?

Or like Superman will you say, "what was that?"

If you're on a flight that crashes in the middle of the Atlantic and the plane is on the bottom of the ocean and you're pinned what is that like for you?
 

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It's not patently untrue for me and the context of this question is personal. Others can choose to do whatever they want. But, for me, non-existence is always worse than existence.

Also, it obviously depends on the details. I mean, immortality could me that your consciousness is placed in a computer simulation. Or, it could me that you live forever, but you are brain dead. Or, it could me that due to some genetic mutation, your cells stop aging and you live like you are now forever. Frankly, I'd take any of those over non-existence. But, you can choose what you want.
You should read the Bobiverse books.

 

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No. I hurt already. My knees, my hands... I can't imagine the pain I would feel in 100 years.
If you are going to consider living forever, why reason that a decrepit body has to go along with it?
Why can't we have bodies that remain in a healthy, 25 year old state forever? :hmm:

At least that's how I picture it to be. :9:
 

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You should read the Bobiverse books.


Loved the series,

Haven't read the 4th one yet
 

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You should read the Bobiverse books.

Thanks for the suggestion. I read part of the Wiki, now I'm going to read the first book.
 

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Some things to consider

Many have already mentioned friends and family - no need to rehash that

Can you choose to go back to your peak physical self - say 25 years old or are you as you are when you take it?

Can you gain or lose weight?

Is this pill available and many have taken it or are you the only one? And if you're the only one is it a secret or does the whole world know it?

An important question - Are you Superman or are you Wolverine?

If someone shoots you in the gut will you be shot in the gut, feel all the pain of being shot in the gut, but heal in seconds?

Or like Superman will you say, "what was that?"

If you're on a flight that crashes in the middle of the Atlantic and the plane is on the bottom of the ocean and you're pinned what is that like for you?
What if you get burnt up but don't die. Lose all your limbs a la a chicken nugget. Go blind the day after you take it.

Or the apocalypse happens. You can't grow anything and there are no bugs to eat. The water evaporated. You are eternally parched and hungry.

If you stumble upon another immortal, they try to eat you. But not in a fun way.
 

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What if you get burnt up but don't die. Lose all your limbs a la a chicken nugget. Go blind the day after you take it.

Or the apocalypse happens. You can't grow anything and there are no bugs to eat. The water evaporated. You are eternally parched and hungry.

If you stumble upon another immortal, they try to eat you. But not in a fun way.
I see you've given this some thought. :scratch:

Of course Kizz, now I'll be keeping my distance. :hihi:
 

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It sounds as if this pill would somehow cure cancer (and other diseases).

Imagine yourself in a doctor's office, sitting on the exam table. The doctor walks in and with as much bedside manner as he can muster he says, "You need to go home and get your affairs in order." Would that change your mind? Death has suddenly become your imminent companion and, regardless of your beliefs, you don't want to die...yet.

There is a strange thing about the prospect - you're not scared of going but you're scared to leave. You start thinking about those around you, how your departure would change their lives. How you would miss out on some of life's important events where your loved ones are concerned. You have no desire to set all of that in motion and it stays in your thoughts as the days come and go. It's not about going, it's about leaving.

Having this thought process in place would leave me somewhat in the "taking the pill" category and somewhat outside of it. I agree with those who say, "take it until I don't want to anymore", but I also don't know (outside of the ability to travel intergalactically) that I would just take the pill on general principle.

The original question leaves us wide open to conjecture about the conditions the pill takes care of. If we all wanted to be at the state where we were "living our best life" we'd honestly have to take something from each chapter of our lives. If we wanted to be in a state where we could correct something in our past the same is true. It is no surprise we're seeing everyone apply conditions to taking the pill. If I could do either of the things I have stated here I would again agree with those who say, "take it until I don't want to anymore".

But if the pill is a take once, get the full effects I just don't know. I'd have to think about it much less casually than I am doing here. Then it becomes the Schroedinger's Cat of pills.
 

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