For some reason, we have always had a fascination of sorts regarding immortality. It certainly is an interesting topic which often has been a subject of thought for yours truly. Today, one of my favorite Youtube subscribtions, Zinnia Jones, uploaded a video that touches an issue on the subject(the video is posted at the bottom if you are interested in watching it). In the video ZJ suggests the possibility of “rearranging the structure of matter so as to create a more stable and resilient embodiment of our consciousness”. This claim is then followed by the question whether or not this should actually be done if it was within our grasp.
This, to me, is an interesting question. If gaining immortality was possible, should we do it? What would it mean if the entire or a portion of the population achieved immortality? One of the first things that pop into mind is overpopulation. This “argument” is countered in the video with the fact that we already have an overpopulation problem. While I am enticed by the concept of immortality and would possibly want it for myself if it was possible, I am forced to give this counter argument a second thought. Yes, we do have an overpopulation problem, but does that mean it is okay to add other factors that contribute to it?
If immortality became available to most or all human beings, I do not think certain aspects of life would change too dramatically. People would still want to procreate, for example. If noone ever dies naturally, but people continue procreating, we are bound to hit a dramatic limit eventually.
My question is how we would balance this if such a situation occured. Should there be waiting lists for having babies where you have to wait for someone to die(for any reason) before you are allowed offspring? Should offspring be limited only to those worthy? What would make you worthy?
Personally I have not yet made up my mind on the subject. There are numerous ethical issues that follows such a premise which are not black/white. This being said, I do support the scientific research on how human lifespan can be prolonged. I think I am speaking for most people as well as myself when I say that I would absolutely like to live longer than average.
But how long?
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