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Question from Amanda:
How do you feel about living forever? If you had the
choice to live forever, would you? I mean, I think I know
because wouldn't life get boring after awhile? I mean, what
if you were like 90 years old and you had to stay like that
forever? You wouldn't be able to do a lot anyway. Or what if
you were the only one left? That would be kinda scary. I
just want to know what you think about this subject because
in school we had very heated debates about this, and I
wanted someone else's opinion on this. Thank you!:)
Dear Amanda: You've asked several different questions
here. I think it would be great to live forever because I
would love to see how the world changes in the future
through history, art, music, psychology, etc. and also. how
my children and grandchildren fared. I would love to be able
to dole out advice to them forever (even though they may not
always appreciate it). I don't think life ever gets boring.
Life is what you make of it.
As for being in your 90's - many people who are in their
90's are in perfectly good health and still have keen minds.
Most elderly people do not want to leave this earth any more
than you or I do. We cling to life fiercely, no matter what.
I agree that it might be sad to see your friends and family
members die, but perhaps after awhile, you would just see it
as the natural cycle of life. If you moved around and
traveled, it might not be quite so soul-crushing, and you
could live many lifetimes in one.
However, since it's not possible to live forever, it's
sort of a pointless argument, in my opinion. I would suggest
that you concentrate on more realistic topics, such as how
to live in the here and now, as well as planning for a
non-immortal future. It will be here before you know it.
Take it from a non-quite-elderly person, time moves a lot
faster as you get older. Thanks for writing!!
Please note: this
is an opinion column. Our Dr. Marlena is not a real doctor, so she does not
know medicine, law, etc.
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