Becareful What You Wish For
Every human wants to life as long as possible. Science and medicine are constantly working to achieve longer lifespans. Do we really want to live long lives? Do we want to live forever?
Imagine that we've cured every disease that can kill. Cancer, heart disease, everything, gone. We are the perfect healthy species. Nothing will kill us as long as we can replace the damaged parts.. Our bodies will never wear down. We have the ability to change broken parts for new improved versions. What would the world be like? Would I be able to get to the bathroom?
First, the poorer countries would just waste away. I'm sure to achieve everlasting life would be expensive. So only rich countries, as well as individuals, could afford it. So as the poorer countries are dying out, the richer countries keep expanding. Every person born into money will have the means to live forever. It would be passed from generation to generation. No one would die.
After the poor and weak have been weeded out, super humans will rule the planet. Earth is only so big. What happens when we reach the top capacity level? There is no more room for anyone? Housing is short, food is short because farmland has been taken over for housing. If we haven't occupied another planet then we just will run out of room.
With space and food becoming such a rarity, would this lead to wars? Would people fight just to live?If there isn't a war, would the powers that be use selective thinning out methods? Would a lottery be held for dying? Would a person be allowed to only live a certain number of years before being put to death. Sounds a bit like some health care proposals coming out of Washington.
If things get way out of control, would criminals on Death Row actually be put to death 100% of the time? Along with death, would birth be monitored? Could couples have babies? Would there be a limit on the size of a family? Would forced sterilization be employed on some people as a means to control the population? If this was to happen, would we really have everlasting life?
Sure, we'll contiue to search for way to live longer. It's human nature. No one wants to die. The question is......................What are the ramifications and are we prepared to deal with them? Maybe we should leave the everlasting life to higher powers the humans. Be careful what you wish for!