With humanity suffering as it is all over the planet and considering what the next 100 yrs might produce, would you want to live as part of an overcrowded and possibly undernourished population of humans?
Think of the dangerous problems that will be encountered and the labor it may take to survive.
I know people in their 80s that don't particularly want to live to their 90s.
Individual quality of life only.
Hey Qwark, I see you continue the pessimistic side as usual.
Is the future actually uncertain? I don't think, but I am sure plenty of people might agree with you.
As for living until I am 200 years old? Sounds like fun.
Ok, I'll leave my next 100 in my will...
I'm sure that when it's my turn, I'll be tired and ready. :
I am actually in agreement with you on this.
What better way to shape the 'future' than by those who have experienced the past, its good and not-so-good.
Sweet mercy, man!
Have you ever even seen a 100-year-old??? What part about being 200 sounds appealing to you?
Now, if we're talking about living 200 years in a 20 year old body, then... well, that's a different story.
I would sure sign up for extra years. After all, if it gets unbearable there is a mechanism for "opting out" of life.
I usually manage to look on the black side of things, and do tend to have a depressive personality. I complain about life, and everything that goes wrong in it. Yet, if given the chance I would want to live to 200. Given the chance, I would live forever, because no matter how dark life seems at times I think it is better than the alternative. As I don't believe in an afterlife, I would rather this one life that I do have continues as long as it can, because I am not attracted to the idea of my future non-existence.
I'm gonna presume you are a young man...young is younger than me..,lol
I'm not "old" but approaching 70 and I can tell ya that the longer ya live the less ya want to put up with this screwy world.
And, it keeps shrinking! People become less tolerant and problems get worse.
If you are bright and have travelled, there comes a time when ya say...jeez! Nothing excites me anymore! I've done just about everything and know about as much as anyone. It's beginning to get boring.
I can understand that with failing health and old age approaching rapidly, why one might say: Ok, I've had enuf! I'm ready! lets get the hell outa here!
I think approaching the end, the brain preps ya for the trip.
I remember I used to think the way you do too.
Sure. It would at the very least be interesting, Quark.
How are you today?
Sure, why not. Human potential is only limited by our own minds.
Talked to a 84 year old woman last week. For her it was more 'been there done that' all getting old and not much new, which seem another aspect to the problem.
I can see that comin' on.
My life has been very full.
There's nuthin' much that interests me anymore.
If I wasn't into the gym and fishin', it'd be kinda boring.
Qwark, I sometimes feel that way. But I would like to:
learn to fly and own a plane
visit the world
scuba dive the great barrier reef
Learn, and learn some more
Go to space
Helicopter ski the Bugaboo mountains
You are not much older than I - hard to believe that you've done all you would like to do. I'm slowing down, but with renewed health and vigor there is little doubt I could and would find many many things to do.
So much depends on health and funding.
Get out and do 'em!
I owned a 40 ft Rhodes rough water racing sailboat...sailed all over Calif coast out to the islands.
I'm a pilot who now flies ultralite aircraft,
I've commercial fished from CAlif to Alaska and down to Chile for "bigeye" tuna.
I've bicycled a helluva lot of Europe.
Was a commercial ocean diver...and have free dove just about everywhere but the middle east and China.
I've done 6 yrs of college, did gov't work. Owned rental properties for 25 yrs.
I worked at Disneyland and as a lifeguard at the Disneyland hotel in Anaheim.
I did a 4 yr stint in the USAF as a cryptographic machine mech.
I was the Maitre d'Hotel in a fine restaurant in La jolla Calif, I worked as a firefighter for the division of Forestry S Calif and fought forest fires...I was a competing body builder and power lifter...jesus! I could go on and on...
There's one thing I'm deathly afraid of and won't do it; jump from a perfectly good airplane once it's left the ground...oh ..and bungy (spelling) jump.
I hate the feeling of my gonads crawling deep up into my innards...
I've done so many more things that I haven't listed. It's hard to find sumthing new.
Anyway, now ya know a little more about why i'm gettin bored
While I would skydive (I'd have to - my son was in the 82nd airborne) you will not find me on the end of a rubber band hurtling to the ground.
I still submit that you have barely scratched the surface of human endeavors.
Visit the bottom of the ocean, 2 miles down.
Go to the moon.
Become a martian (I expect to see that in 130 years)
Live as a mountain man - no other people - for a couple of years.
Wrestle a wild alligator (Won't do that either, but know people that do).
Write a book
Sit in a judge's chair for a few years
Take Obama's place
With some thought I bet I could fill a hundred pages.
The problem is that with age we (I) get tired and jaded - just not interested in much. I still think with a new body and a fresh set of hormones that would change quickly.
Hahahaha....thanks for the suggestions Wild...:
I'm too damned old now to give a sh!t about doin' any of those things.
Ya'd have to be insane to want to be a politician.
I've seen enuf of the bottom of the ocean.
ain't nuthin' on mars that excites me....maybe that 3 breasted female in the bar on mars that "Ahnold" visited...
I'm writing a book on my life. It'll be better'n 1000 pages long.
....and I worked with judges and state attorneys as a Federal Grant writer writing grants to get monies to keep deserving people out of jail.
I started and ran a jail school program for pre-trial detainees for the the Sheriff in Broward county Fla.
I taught hi school and was a guidance counselor for hi school kids...
I rode all over the USA, Canada and E. Europe on motorcycle.
...and I'm just beginning.
I'll quit here, unless ya like to hear my story about my trip to Chile on a 120 tuna schooner with a crew or Portuguese sailors...no, no I'll stop here..
Aaaagh ! The boy has hardly started yet !! He must just get bored easy
I thought you listed "become a mountain."
I have the answer for your 'terminal' thinking - get married again with kids
I am not so far behind you, I do the same gym and love fishing but it is my missus who changed my attitude to the end game.
Married once to a show girl.
Then lived with a couple great ladies for a couple yrs.
I had enuf of women and dogs! I don't want either of them in my life any more. I have a fine "chocolate" skinned female "buddy" who is all I'd care to handle...lol
But thanks for the thought. :
They use to say 'the army is what you make it'. I myself could make it for a long time
and am looking to the long haul assuming
all systems hold. However for most people I would guess, there maybe not much new under the sun.
Oh, lol I'll make it.
When ya stop and think of it, I may have another 20 yrs...which whizzzzzzz's by.
Life is truly short.
if you lived 1000 yrs you'd look up from your death bed and you'd say: what'dya mean I'm dying! I JUST GOT HERE! DAMNIT!
Really, 100 yrs is a short haul!
I love cold water ocean fishing best and the fish are tastier.
I'm in Arkansas now waiting to fish a beautiful lake here but it's been so damned hot out...100 degrees and hi humidity...that ya fry out on the lake.
I'm waiting for it to cool down a bit.
I love striper fishin' and walleys up N.
N Pike are a blast and big muskies up in Lake of the Woods Canada are a blast to catch.
I caughtr a 400 lb strugeon last year just below the Bonneville dam in Portland Oregon.
I'm a water nut...gotta be close to it.
Do you fish?
Have the poles all the equipment. I really don't have time for it since all my outdoor time is walking 18 miles a week. Plus I can't afford the free senior citizen fishing license promised all my life. Only for the poor, but too be that poor you have to homeless. Talk to fishermen every day though where I walk.
One of my friends out there tried to net a spawning carp, strictly illegal, but anyway, it tore the net right out of hand and he lost it. He loved telling that story.
No, I'm a new generation and my generation(throughout the world) is going to be different than all previous generations. Our kids will only become smarter.
Assuming we don't keep heading down the path we are..
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