Today I went to an interesting discussion class. One of the questions asked was: “If it was possible, would you want to live forever?”
My answer, “yes, of course!” Some of the people thought there’d be too much pain involved with living into eternity. Let’s face it, no matter who you are, you’re going to get your fair share of disappointment and pain. On the other hand, you’re going to experience happiness too.
One of my beliefs is that when you are gone, that’s it. Lights out. I don’t really believe in souls floating or going to a “better place.” I just think you cease to exist. I don’t remember the world before I was born, so I figure I won’t know about it after I’m gone.
i do like to entertain the possibility that maybe I’m wrong. Now, that would be a pleasant surprise, and I’ll be happy if I’m wrong.
I’m not afraid of dying because I know it’s part of the cycle.
There is a pre-teen book, Tuck Everlasting, which address this very issue. It’s for older kids and is excellent. It shows kids that living forever would get tiresome. Maybe so?
So, my question is this? If you had the chance, would you want to live forever?
Why or why not?