Today I learned, "scientists believe they will have a drug within the next 5-10 years that will extend the average human lifespan to 150 years. Given the retirement age is 65, that would give you an extra 85 years, meaning you would probably have to extend the average working life to 100 or 120 years to prevent the economy becoming totally unbalanced and pensions running out. That assumes that the life extension is all 'good years', and not a prolonged period of dementia and physical decline."
Would you want to live to 150? What do you see as being the most likely issues and what do you think you would do with all the extra years?
I suppose living to 150 years would not be so bad if we were in good health and able to live a reasonably comfortable life in retirement. if, however, we were expected to work until the age of 100 years and then retire on a meager pension, then, no thanks.
How true Hollie! The quantity of years is not as important as the quality. Will people spend all this additional time on furthering their education, traveling, or leisure? Like how many rounds of golf can you play in a lifetime?
I think if I could retire comfortably,(not in order to lead a life of excess, but enough money to pursue my interests) I'd want to see a lot more of the world, as I've only traveled outside Europe once. I would definitely want to further my education, academically and otherwise, such as learning more about photography, painting and drawing. Still, I've got the rest of my average lifespan for that.
I would if I was of decent mental health. As long as I had my mind, I would love to live that long.
Can you imagine all the things that will change on this earth in the next 100+ years? It would be amazing. Things now thought impossible would be commonplace, just as things once thought impossible 100 years ago are now.
Although it is interesting to think about, I would have to say NO. I wouldn't want another 80 + years unless I could start over and pursue something entirely new. I've always said that I have so many interests that I could live life over a few times and not get bored; however, extending this life would be altogether different. I am irritated by planned obsolescence, the decline in personal responsibility and good morals, and the general state of the global economy and world affairs. Even if my body and mind managed to keep working, material things I own would break down and need replacing. I'd outlive my financial resources. I'd be comparing the future to the days of my carefree youth and would sound old and bitter. One average life-span is enough for now if I am lucky to see it through.
I think that this would be a huge mistake. Most people can barley function as it is with lifespans of 60-80. Could you imagine a 120 year old G-thug wanna b driving down the main drag in your town bumb'n 140 year old snoop dog? Jesus God help us! I pray this never happens! Or for this matter the poloticians and bankers that promote the decline of your country staying with their jobs longer! Or another 80 years of Beiber Fever?! Oh God.............my daughters would love this drug.
Thanks Lisa for the post, I was shocked at the number of "centurians" lol that word is funny to me. Anyway, I don't know what kind of debate this will spark but people of my grandparents generation were raised with a certain trait of respecting thier parents unlike how almost all of my generation was raised and is raising their children. God did promise a long life of prosparity for those who honored their parents. Interesting isn't it? It makes me curious to see how many of my generation will make it to 100....90......70?
Only if I could do it looking and feeling like 35. There are worse things in life than death, like say... 80 years of old age. If the aging process over all could be slowed down, and we matured more slowly, and could control the birth rate to avoid any further over crowding (we are quickly heading to 7 billion people) I would think it a fantastic idea, but at the rate we age now, well I don't even want to think about being old and helpless for half a century. That wouldn't be a blessing, it would be a living hell with all these helpless old folks stumbling around.
Yes but only if everybody else would be around. I dont like to live that long while I out lived the rest of my friend and family.
Also a lot of change need to happen or else economy will collapse and over population and not enough food to go around to supplement population growth. I mean birth rate would still be the same. The only difference is that the dead rate will dramatically decline for the next 80 years.
Assuming one had the money to live on for that long, one could hold off marriage and mating until age 50 or so, get several degrees/careers under their belt, travel extensively, then marry and divorce several times, visit different planets,etc. By the time one is about 140, perhaps cloning will be a viable alternative to death. One could clone oneself then go on living another 150 years. Wow.
Of course, on the down side, overpopulation coupled with food and housing shortages would create probable havoc and anarchy. Tribes would necessarily need to go underground or to other planets, or live in biodomes to survive. Governments would be outmoded. Technology, however, might suprise and astound us by coming up with ways to live in a bubble, sans everything but virtual reality.
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