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    Default Would you rather have a child, or live forever?

    Would you rather have a child, or live forever? A simple choice.

    Due to popular demand, additional conditions:
    Lets also assume that your family line will last indefinitely if you choose to have a child.
    Living forever means that you will always have the health of a middle-aged person.

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    I know what I ought to choose (child) versus what I'd be soooo tempted to choose (immortality). Not sure what would win out when the moment arrived. Must think on this.

    BTW: I assume a biological child? No cheating by being immortal and adopting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iwakar View Post
    I know what I ought to choose (child) versus what I'd be soooo tempted to choose (immortality). Not sure what would win out when the moment arrived. Must think on this.
    Just curious: What is the "ought" based on? Why is that the "ought to" choice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Just curious: What is the "ought" based on? Why is that the "ought" choice?
    Has nothing to do with a responsibility to produce progeny and everything to do with no one person being meant to make their mark on the universe for all eternity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iwakar View Post
    Has ...everything to do with no one person being meant to make their mark on the universe for all eternity.
    I grasp that and generally feel the same way. My basis for such a thought would be generally that I am no better or more special than anyone else in the universe, I'm just human. So I am accepting my definition as a human being, as I see it on a universal and human-wide scale. Was your reasoning similar or is there a different basis for your belief here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    I grasp that and generally feel the same way. My basis is generally that I am no better or more special than anyone else in the universe, I'm just human. So I am accepting my definition as a human being, as I see it on a universal and human-wide scale. Was your reasoning similar or is there a different basis for your belief here?

    Somewhat. I believe an immortal individual would be a danger to the rest of mortal humanity. I'm sure some will argue that a neverending existence to learn and change and absorb what the universe has to offer could lead to some inspirational, nirvanic Dr. Manhattan state of being blah blah blah, but I seriously doubt this. I'm thinking insanity is more likely and for all we know, there is little difference between total nirvana and total madness. I don't like the idea that no matter what we have to fight for or who we pit ourselves against or how we grow and change as a species, the last man standing will be a crazy relic from eons prior with a completely counterpoint agenda to ours (that being to make what we can of our LIMITED time here)

    And who'd want to be that immortal straggler when existence as we know it fails to move onto new frontiers and goes bust instead? A grim thought indeed.
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    That sounds like a Harlan Ellison story in the making.
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    I don't want to be immortal I just am not looking forward to the whole dieing/getting old/poor health thing. Could I get a prepaid governess thrown in on the deal? (no cheating by saying 'yeah' and then giving me a wife).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    That sounds like a Harlan Ellison story in the making.
    lol I've given immortality a lot of thought. I always thought it was a common intuitive pondering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iwakar View Post
    lol I've given immortality a lot of thought. I always thought it was a common intuitive pondering.
    I remember being terrified of immortality when I was five, I'd have nightmares.
    The thought of living forever was far beyond what my mind could deal with at that time.
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