Posted by Mandy
Immortality is a concept that has fascinated human beings throughout the ages, pop culture, fiction, history and even religion is full of the quest for something that will grant forever youth and life to the seeker. I’m not completely sure as to why so many people want immortality, eternal life however doesn’t seem quite as glamorous to me as it does to other people while it guarantees living forever immortality doesn’t guarantee a quality of life.
When I think about the issue of immortality it seems to me that what people are really wanting is eternal youth, beauty, wealth and even power this is something I do understand on a psychological degree. The most infamous incident would be Elizabeth Bathory who was so obsessed with staying young and beautiful to the point she killed and drained the blood from young virgins in order to use it as a youth serum, from my understanding she wasn’t wanting to be immortal just stay youthful.
So I’m starting to wonder if maybe there is a confusion in pop culture, fiction, history and religion between immortality and eternal beauty and youth. When you really get down to it, how many people actually want to live for the rest of time and watch their friends, family, lovers and pets die no one really wants that much time on their hands. Time does grant things like wealth and power because things like that do grow over time, that is the very nature of wealth, the more assets you have the more income you can generate.
Where is this confusion coming from? Why do people think that living forever means being happy forever, being young and beautiful forever? I myself don’t really want to grow old but not because I don’t want to die or loose my looks, I’m far more concerned about the decline that your body and it’s systems go though. I would rather die young then slowly decline and die of some awfully painful illness, it makes sense to me to decrease suffering but to live forever is a curse I would not wish on anyone. If immortality also promised a good healthy life then I would see the attraction, but I don’t believe in the sugar coated stories that people tell children or that you see on TV. Life is hard, painful and unstable with only fleeting moments of happiness and while immortality may prevent you from dieing and/or getting an illness that can kill it wont prevent you from getting a sickness, letting that sickness run it’s course and still leave you alive. Being immortal isn’t going to make your head any harder, if some damage occurred you’d be a vegetable for the rest of eternity.
I often get the feeling that I’m missing some key component of human will and often I admit that it’s because I’m the one who is crazy but in the argument of immortality I know that it’s everyone else who is crazy.
So I ask you, do you want to live forever or do you want to stay young, beautiful, healthy and get rich and powerful? Because from where I’m standing you’re all so very confused.