Yes. And I know part of this answer will come across as unfeeling or callous. Yes, I would watch everyone I know and love die. But they were going to grow old and die anyway and in many cases I would watch. Death is part of life. But I would get to see my great-great-great-great grandchildren. And -- and this is where things get to be really optimistic -- I'd get to watch the human race evolve, grow into what IMHO they should be (or not grow), watch men go to the stars, watch the stars come to us. Learn something new everyday and know that with everything I learn a hundred doors open. Watch in five billion years as the sun expands and men say goodbye to earth for the last time. See what forms after our star has died.
No, I don't fear death. I just fear the end of my opportunities. I don't like to give up on something until I've seen all the possibilities.
Now, tell me that I have to live the rest of my life on a single planet
as pollution, greed, and global warming destroy it and the human race, and I'd say "no thank
you." But the optimist in me wants to see and experience what man can be, and what
the universe holds for us to meet.
I've often thought I'd quite like a kind of film of the future to view just before I died, just so I'd know what happened in the enxt bit of the story. But I could never decide if I wanted it to be of ten years, 100 years, 1,000 years or whatever.
If I could choose the age I'd stay immortal at, I probably would. But if an immortality gene kicked in at a point of its own choosing (a la Julian May's Galactic Mileau trilogy) then I'm not sure I'd roll that dice, or I could end up being a decrepit 90yo forever.
I would like to see space flight become an everyday part of the human reality, though.
At the age of 50 I am finally able to choose yes and with Bono
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from U2. I would love to be able to work with Bono from the band U2 and work toward helping those who can not help themselves and try to change this often very dark world we live in. At the age of 50 I have gone through the change of life and without all those delusional sex hormones clouding my mind it is really nice to be self confident and to combine it with the wisdom I have gained. I have read that in women menopause and pms are the times when one does not put up with the undesirable events and behavior that is present during the rest of the days of ones life (a rather positive outlook on hormonal swings). But it does have more than some truth to it in my situation. It has taken many years to enable me to have the confidence to fight for what is right but energy levels continue to wane. So if one were to have the gift of long life and if it were to included good health just imagine what could be accomplished. Perhaps that is why the Elves seemed to be more evolved than the other races because they had the time to continue to build on the wisdom they had gained.
I'd finally have time to get all the reading done that I want to get done! Bliss. We are assuming that one's body isn't going to wear out, yeah? 'Cause it'd be my luck to end up unable to read for eternity. Or senile and gibbering.
because today I couldn't get off of this planet fast enough. Perhaps Bono gets the respect that he deserves because he is famous but the average person has no chance in Hades at changing this very often pathetic world. I am having a very Non Frodo day.
I couldn't watch the world change around me like that- everyone I loved would die (if I could only have one), everything I cared about would grow old and evolve- one day I'd wake up and I'd be in an antithetical world to the one I was born in. That would really upset me.