In a recent Huffington Post article, author George Young asks if we really want to be immortal. He tells the readers about Igor Vishev, a Russian philosopher, who believes that the first people to become immortal are likely to be already born today.
To me, this question is much like religion - I don’t care what your stance on it is, just keep it to yourself and out of the public sphere and my life. If your existence is so impoverished that you can’t imagine it continuing without being intolerably boring or you lack the imagination to ponder the expansion of your horizons then good for you, just don’t impose your soul-deadening nihilism upon those who feel otherwise.
Posted by Jeffie Freedom on 08/20 at 09:13 AM
The author of the HuffPo article is just bloviating. They’re not really taking the premiss seriously.
There is no serious philosophical question about whether people want to live forever. The only question is: ‘does anyone want to die of cancer, heart failure, ect, today?’ And all but the most severely depressed are going to answer ‘no’, EVERYDAY.
‘Is it desirable to live forever?’ is a flaky nonsensical abstraction.