TO DIE OR NOT TO DIE, THAT IS THE QUESTION, BUT NOT YET A CHOICE
Ten years ago, when I was first diagnosed with a platelet disorder, my oncologist said I had at least another twenty years. If I am lucky that means ten more years. Would I like another extension? Yes, but with some conditions–no further mental or physical deterioration. Would I like to live forever? Probably not. Why not? I suspect that in time one would have done everything, learned everything, become tired of everything–tired even of those things that one find’s most pleasurable. If that is not the case, then I might opt for eternal life. I do love living and do have an immense curiously to see if we the people ever figure out how to live at peace and who else inhabits the worlds outside our own.
I read an interesting comment recently, sorry don’t remember the citation, but it talked about fears of death as correlated with faith. The faithful go to more extreme measures to stay alive; but the atheists tend to accept death more easily. Intuition says the opposite should hold true. My skeptical self wonders if great faith is not a reaction to the fear of death and those who accept no deities have long accepted death and only wish not to prolong it.
More than death, I fear prolonging my death. My background as a medical social worker embedded that fear for I saw too many deaths painfully prolonged and as a result too many families traumatized and some impoverished. So unlike the poet who said “Rage against the night,” I want to quietly and peacefully turn out the light before life itself has become unbearable. Stay strong.
Topic #29 If you could live forever, would you? Why or why not?