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      Live Forever or Choose Not to...

      If you had the choice to live forever or to eventually die, which one would you choose... To get more meaning out of this, pretend that you would be in paradise for the rest of your life...

      If you lived forever, you would realize that you will always be conscious and it will NEVER end... If you died, then you will NEVER be able to have consciousness again...
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      No matter how hard I try to convince myself that immortality is a curse, I find myself wishing nonetheless I could live forever.
      The reason being that I might see whether or not hope is valid. To know that everything that has ever been fought for has not been in vain. And to find out once and for all whether or not love is merely an illusion.
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      Ah so your proposing a reality whereby death = eternal non-existence; and life = eternal existence in your current, physical form?

      That makes things very tough. I think i would still choose life though. There would still be opportunity for spiritual evolution and increased awareness. There's still so much i don't understand. I would perhaps regret it, but i would choose life. I wouldn't take paradise though. I would want life to take its natural course. If paradise was a necessity i would choose death.

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      It basically boils down to... Known vs. Unknown...



      Honestly though, your question comes from that of ignorance... or unknown...

      We already do live forever and we just inherently choose to forget that...

      That is because all dualistic principles are two sides of the same coin... Remembering vs. Forgetting... Wholeness vs. Emptiness... etc... etc...

      This game we play with memory...

      A little thing called samsara...
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      Live forever, don't even need to think about it.

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      I would only wish to live forever, if I stopped aging at a certain age.

      I want to see what happens to the world when it goes boom

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      Forever is the only moment.

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      You merely have to change your point of view slightly, and then that glass will sparkle when it reflects the light.

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      Quote Originally Posted by EchoSun13 View Post
      Live forever, don't even need to think about it.
      Indeed, this is an easy choice. I would also choose to live forever.
      "Reject common sense to make the impossible possible." -Kamina

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      Do you wish to live in this moment?

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      HAHAHAHAHAHA
      You merely have to change your point of view slightly, and then that glass will sparkle when it reflects the light.

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      It's funny.

      Do you wish to live?

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      Quote Originally Posted by slayer View Post
      I would only wish to live forever, if I stopped aging at a certain age.

      I want to see what happens to the world when it goes boom
      Yeah me too, I love to see it blow, and stop aging at a certain point in my life like 21...

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      I would gladly choose a mortal life where I eventually die. No that does not mean I want to die right now, and I don't really look forward to the whole dying thing, but a reasonably long life (say 100 years at most) where I was happy and able to enjoy life would be just fine.

      Immortality is poorly thought-out and the result of greed and/or fear. Spout your "it would be in paradise" nonsense all you want. Eventually at some point it would get boring. And there would be no escape.

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      But that's not true you wouldn't get bored...Think of all the things you can do...
      Learn alot of new things and invent alot of usefull things and whitness the world changing and met alot of cool and uncool people!

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      Quote Originally Posted by really View Post
      Do you wish to live?
      Do you wish to wish?


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      Quote Originally Posted by really View Post
      It's funny.

      Do you wish to live?
      Im guessing this means that being imortal is not live..But thats wrong in a sense.
      Yeah you might not be living like breathing and have the chose of death but you are still living like learning and loving.

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      Dying and living are the same thing...

      The minute you are born you are already dying...

      The perceiver behind each perception is the same though...

      Thus... "You" are forever alive in the moment in one form or another...
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      I agree..Life is the same for everyone...
      born grew learn die...But some detail are different like Tim has cancer or I play paino.

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      I am in no position to make such a decision.

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      Quote Originally Posted by EchoSun13 View Post
      But that's not true you wouldn't get bored...Think of all the things you can do...
      Learn alot of new things and invent alot of usefull things and whitness the world changing and met alot of cool and uncool people!
      You would learn everything in the world and then what??? Like Photolysis said, there would be no escape... You would be stuck... Try to think about how long forever is... Some of you are going about this live forever situation in a shallow way... You might be thinking, "Since I'm immortal, I'll be able to do everything that I've wanted to do because there are no time constraints and no consequences." Eventually, everything that you thought to be exciting would become boring and then you would have nothing to do... Try thinking about it this way... Your life would be a long and endless road with billions of exits and stops along the way... The beginning of the road would be loaded with exits... (Skydiving, finding cures, driving your dream car) Of course there would be billions of more things that you could accomplish... These stops could last for zillions and zillions of years... After zillions of years, I'm sure that you would get bored of driving your dream car and skydiving... Now all you have left is finding cures... Eventually, you would run out of diseases... Now, let's say that you've been driving down this road for 80000000000000000 billion years. Everything has already become boring to you... You've found all of the cures and there are no more stops along the road... What are you gonna do for the rest of time??? Some of you think that you would never want to die... Being immortal would be a fate much worse than death...

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      It boils down to whether this would be infinite lifetime in a finite world of finite possibility, or in an infinite world of infinite possibility, and also upon whether I would remain the same me, or if I could grow and become more and more forever.

      I'm still thinking about it though, I could see becoming bored with the finite world and finite me, and possibly even an infinite world and a finite me, but with an infinite world and infinite room for growth of myself, I'm not sure.... Certainly an interesting thing to think about.

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      But that's not true you wouldn't get bored...Think of all the things you can do...
      Learn alot of new things and invent alot of usefull things and whitness the world changing and met alot of cool and uncool people!
      Uh huh, you would NEVER get bored? Hah.

      Do you have ANY idea about the timescales involved here?

      Anyone who says they do want immortality simply has no understanding of the numbers they would be dealing with. Even using conventional numbers a trillion, it would be agnonizing.

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      Well along with the infinite time of living forever, comes infinite possibilities. The two just seem to match up just right for me. Personally, I wouldn't get bored with infinite possibilities. And it's not like things just become boring to do after you do them. And if after a few hundred times they do start seeming ordinary, just step it up a notch... Do everything again, only high. Or on laughing gas. Also, I don't think sex would ever get boring, or love. I would probably end up just creating amazing music if I had an eternity. And that would never get boring. For me anyways, I love music. But even though I would have a blast living forever, I would choose death and whatever comes with that over living forever. Although I am not against prolonging life a few hundred years. Forever may be a bitch to some people, but what about 1000 years?
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      Quote Originally Posted by NightLife View Post
      You would learn everything in the world and then what??? Like Photolysis said, there would be no escape... You would be stuck... Try to think about how long forever is... Some of you are going about this live forever situation in a shallow way... You might be thinking, "Since I'm immortal, I'll be able to do everything that I've wanted to do because there are no time constraints and no consequences." Eventually, everything that you thought to be exciting would become boring and then you would have nothing to do... Try thinking about it this way... Your life would be a long and endless road with billions of exits and stops along the way... The beginning of the road would be loaded with exits... (Skydiving, finding cures, driving your dream car) Of course there would be billions of more things that you could accomplish... These stops could last for zillions and zillions of years... After zillions of years, I'm sure that you would get bored of driving your dream car and skydiving... Now all you have left is finding cures... Eventually, you would run out of diseases... Now, let's say that you've been driving down this road for 80000000000000000 billion years. Everything has already become boring to you... You've found all of the cures and there are no more stops along the road... What are you gonna do for the rest of time??? Some of you think that you would never want to die... Being immortal would be a fate much worse than death...

      I understand what you mean, but I honestly don't think that.
      But it could be I think that and you don't because we are different..

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      Quote Originally Posted by Photolysis View Post
      Uh huh, you would NEVER get bored? Hah.

      Do you have ANY idea about the timescales involved here?

      Anyone who says they do want immortality simply has no understanding of the numbers they would be dealing with. Even using conventional numbers a trillion, it would be agnonizing.
      But think of what we you would see, All the cool things and bad things that will change the world we see today...

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