Would you take it?  

wellendowed553 37M
28 posts
5/26/2006 2:50 pm

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6/22/2006 7:19 pm

Would you take it?

Here is a good question that I get a lot of mixed responses to...

Our DNA tells our bodies when to start getting older. As we age, our bodies lose their abilities to repair damage and death is the ultimate result. What if scientists and doctors created a pill that would greatly slow our aging process and extended our life expectancies to around 3 or 400 years. The pill only has to be taken once, the effects are permanent, and it was made free and available to anyone who wanted it. The pill wouldn't just make you live longer as an old nursing home patient, but greatly extended the "good years" of your life. Would you take it?

greeneyes3311 39M
33 posts
5/26/2006 3:09 pm

sold. I'm on board

kneeproblem2000 54M
1 post
5/26/2006 3:27 pm

no life should be what you get who knows could get killed tomorrow

lightswitch1963 70M/54F

5/26/2006 3:29 pm

No. Let me die when I'm supposed to. Life is unfair enough, why make it any worse?

Package1971 47M
1051 posts
5/26/2006 3:43 pm

Yeah, great idea. I get to be stuck in middle management for 300 years. Is this a sick joke?

wellendowed553 replies on 6/22/2006 7:23 pm:
huh, never really thought about it that way; but with all the extra time, I would hope there would be at least a couple of opportunities.


5/26/2006 4:00 pm

Great post, always love it when someone's blog entry makes me ponder, but I yearn for a natural life and aging process.
I enjoyed my stay here, you have a great blog.

runzwithknives 61F

5/26/2006 4:58 pm

Yes. I need more time to learn life's lessons...
Welcome to blogland.

DanaeKC 44F
608 posts
5/26/2006 5:47 pm

I would re-look over my stolen copy of poul anderson's 'the boat of a million years', then politely pass.

we already live substantially greater lifespans than, say a fruitfly or a dog or cat or dolphin. if we're not living to the fullest of our lives with the span we're already given, we're not going to suddenly live richer lives just because that span has been increased fivefold. in my opinion.

besides, what happens to one's reproductive years when given that pill? ('the boat of a million years' had a clever, but drastic, way of dealing with that. people's reproductive urges.. the urge to actually procreate.. would need to be addressed.)

wellendowed553 replies on 6/22/2006 7:28 pm:
Good point on reproduction...men can perpetually create sperm, and even though women are born with a finite number of eggs, their bodies only release a fraction of them though out their lives. Huxley also addresses the problem of reproduction in Brave New World, when women start feeling moody, they take some drugs to experience a pseudo pregnancy.

wellendowed553 37M

5/27/2006 5:09 am

It's probably only fair if I post my own answer as well.

Yes, I would take the pill. Just observing how the world has changed during my short years on this planet is encouraging. I have a lot of faith in the human race, our problem solving abilities, and our collective creativity. It's not that I'm afraid to die, it's more because I would want to be able to see how the world has changed and how our society has evolved. I would also take the pill because it would give me the opportunity to learn more than a person could possibly learn within a lifetime. Think about 25 year apprenticeships, or 10 year college programs...may sound long but how much more could you learn, how much more intimate would you be with your career?

Of course there are a lot of problems with the pill theory...you could argue about overpopulation, pollution, consequences of altering the generation time of humans, and evolution. Most people who I ask this question to answer 'no' because they would not want to live so long after their friends or family die.

Thanks for the comments...keep 'em coming!

77hwzt2 55M

5/29/2006 12:48 pm

No I wouldn't. I'll make my own mistakes and correction and live life with what I was blessed with.

Hydragenias 57F

6/21/2006 7:07 pm

I would most DEFINITELY take it! I would be able to live long enough to see my great great great etc grandchildren!!!! I would LOVE that!

wellendowed553 replies on 6/22/2006 7:37 pm:
Now this is the type of answer I had expected to get from most people, and I am always surprised to see how many people don't answer this way. Perhaps it has more to do with how happy you are with your life; if your happy and content with your life, why not live longer? But if your not happy and your life is frustrating, why extend your unhappiness? Maybe this is too simple of an explanation...I can't imagine that everyone who answers No is unhappy.

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