I have always had a fear of death. It’s hard to find someone who hasn’t, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the road.
As a Christian, I believe in a God that has a destination for us after we leave this mortal existence.
Atheists don’t have the luxury of taking comfort in an afterlife. For them, every moment on this Earth is all that we have and life is the epitome of existence.
I think that’s where the big divide is: religion. Without it, it’s easy to say immortality is the end goal of mankind. In religion, life is just a very brief interval of time that decides where we spend eternity.
I believe that death is a part of life and that it is natural. I don’t want to imagine living for infinity on Earth. There are numerous good aspects but also ones that are not so good.
I had this discussion with some friends of mine so I’ll be sure to include their points.
Living forever would mean the end of sickness, lack of time, and shortages of knowledge and experiences. This sounds wonderful and in the perspective of mortality it’s hard to argue against. But that’s the thing, you need to look at it from an immortal perspective. Whether we like it or not, the universe has limits and restrictions we can’t bend. Living for always would put an eventual end to offspring. If no one dies than we can no longer reproduce at some point because it would cause overpopulation. This curbs the freedom of having posterity, a liberty that many can’t think of living without. Though is this the same frame of mind people would have if they were immortal? It sounds selfish to me. Live forever and never have children. Children being the gift of life to another, the ultimate sign of love and compassion, beings that you would do anything to protect and be happy. They would be gone forever.
Again I must revisit my Christian perspective because it’s necessary to show my point. In the Bible Matthew 18:3, “”I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” It’s impossible to be like a child if the very idea of children is wiped away. Then again if you never die you can never enter the kingdom of heaven.
The universe is set in such a motion that entropy is the only possible outcome. Have we been placed on Earth so that we may develop the technology to become immortal? Then in turn having an extremely long time, are we made to develop technology so that we may reverse entropy in the universe?
I honestly can’t imagine that creatures as humble and lowly as humans (in comparison to everything that encompasses existence) are destined to reverse the very mechanisms of the universe.
Stealing a line from a great movie, Gladiator, I leave you with this