Monday, March 31, 2014
Living isn't cracked up as it used to be.
After reading the article "On Dying After Your Time" my position stays the same. To the question should scientists try to beat old age I say no. I find that it is a bad idea. The average life expectancy is around 78.7 years. If we beat that and go to let's say 100 as an average life expectancy the world as we know it would be destroyed. Now you may think that's over dramatic and maybe it is but it has fact behind it. Right now there are about 7 billion people on this planet. If we raise the life expectancy, the population could almost double in a few decades. If that were to happen we would be in a heavy demand for resources, pillaging and scavenging more resources could lead to the destruction of the planet. Also think of the social effects and how everyday life would change. I believe that if this were to happen all would be affected. The term YOLO has recently began to take rise. That is with the life expectancy of 80, at 100 I believe the teen youth would be doing more stupid and dangerous activities causing the new status quo of people to be an absolute moron. Also I believe with the increase in people taxes will rise, people will fall into debt, and many economies will collapse. All of this would ruin every day life and cause many people to suffer. That is another example. If scientists are able to make people live longer, people are going to suffer, weather it be economically, socially, or medically. Imagine being reliant on many different drugs to relieve pain, or just to operate and you are just living longer. That is torture. People don't seem to think of that. We often crave immortality to avoid the inevitable, but the inevitable is the release. It makes us human. If we become immortal, new troubles show. To quote " some people can do more in 20 years than 100." So that's why I view this idea of longer life as wrong. It will kill us in a whole new way.