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Eradicating aging as a cause of death. Would you opt to live indefinitely?

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There is work being done to combat the damage caused by aging, which would theoretically extend our lives for hundreds or thousands of years if perfected. Assuming death from aging was something you could opt out of, would you? SENS.org is tackling the problem in a way never before considered, and it looks to be our best shot at eradicating aging. Assuming they get the funding they need, those of us in our 20s today might even see significant life extension, which would buy time while they develop the rest of the therapies (there are 7 major types of damage that consist "aging" that need to be repaired). I wholeheartedly believe this is something that should be worked on, and would absolutely take part in said therapies. I can think of no legitimate argument against working to develop these technologies. Humanity will only benefit from having this as an option. I'd like to hear everyone's thoughts, and I'll be treating this as a sort of open discussion/debate.
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Overpopulation is honestly the weakest argument against developing this technology. There are populations that are shrinking today (South Korea, Japan) and there is so much space we haven't even used. Also, laws could be passed to limit the number of children. Also, you're forgetting that advances in technology will create more efficient energy and food production. We're already growing food indoors, vertically in some places. It's also only a matter of time before we can grow meat in the lab, which will reduce the space needed for farm animals. Also, PEOPLE WILL STILL DIE. This is NOT immortality, it's simply eradicating one of the major causes of death. Every medical advancement is to help us live longer, healthier lives. This is no different. Not everyone will opt for this technology, as evidenced here. If you want to die to make space, you're free to do so. There is no line the unborn are waiting in. Any new technology brings about new problems, but it always solves a bigger one first. The automobile, airplane, both bring new problems, but would you argue against those things? Indeed, people thought it was impossible, and unnatural for humans to fly and said we never would. This is just another case of that, except people are even more emotional about it because it brings up the touchy subject of their mortality, which is something we never think about until we have to.

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I'm around my 20's, hang around only people older than I am and when this topic arises, it's half and half. Half of us want to die normally when we're old - the other half wants to live forever. The pros and cons has been discussed and my finalization of it all is:

Living Indefinitely Pros and Cons versus My Finalizing of the cons since I'm 'For':
Pro - We get to help change the world as the strongest state we're at (20's, 30's)
Pro - We'll feel less of a need with greed (Ex. It's all yours -money/power till you die - even though you don't take it with you)
Pro - We get to help our children, and their children, and their children's children exct. exct.
Con - Overpopulated - My F: Build high diamond threaded buildings so everyone will have a box to live in, there will be tons of them (Concluding mass isn't the issue here)
Con - Cannot die from aging - The bad guy might not die from aging - My F: They'll die from something else like anybody else in the world that doesn't die from aging.

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I

There is good news for everyone who wants everlasting life in a body that is not only young, but supernaturally empowered and equipped. All a person needs to do is realize they are a sinner and they need a savior, and that savior is the Lord Jesus Christ, who God sent to die for our sins and then rose from the dead, defeating death.

If you believe Jesus died for your sins and he rose from the dead, then you will be saved and have eternal life in heaven with God who is love.

Everyone will have eternal life, but if not with Jesus a person will have eternal life in the Lake of Fire where their will be torment forever in fire.

Of course, Satan and those who work for him are trying to create everlasting life without Jesus and God, this has always been their goal and for them to be like god, but in the end they always fail. They will fail again through the technology we have today and in the future. If Nimrod couldn't do it, neither can anyone today do it.

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I think that it's natural for their to be a cycle in every form of life. Plants and animals both follow the same pattern. There's birth, growth, and eventually a decline which leads to death. If no one ever dies, where would everyone live? There just isn't room on the planet. There wouldn't be enough food or water. If people could live forever, what about other animals? If all animals lived forever, then this planet would literally become a zoo. Personally, I think we are here in life to learn lessons, and move on to another life. I don't think living forever would make sense at all. Thanks for the question.

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It would be nice to live indefinitely, but there's just one problem; Over population of the planet. When I was in high school, one of our teachers spoke on this. If too many people opted to live indefinitely, there would be nowhere for future generations to live when it would become just too full to bring anyone else into this world. Imagine a planet so full that there's standing room only, and that's no way to live. Also consider the growing problems in today's world. With some of the world crisis occurring that could put the population in danger, I'd think twice about wanting to live indefinitely.

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How would one support a world full of people that do not die? I don't think I would want to live in that world. The world would be in turmoil even more than it already is because there would be fighting over living space, food, water and energy. Will there be a ban on giving birth and adding to that population? The population would have to be controlled in some way. I think there is a reason life cycles as it does and I would not want to live forever.

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I like the idea of stopping the aging process. I would like to live indefinitely. However it would lead to overpopulation. People would need to have fewer children. There needs to be a balance. If we just eradicated aging as a cause of death then people would die for other reasons. I don't think our society could handle people living indefinitely. There would be a lot of problems associated with it.

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As life in itself is a wonderful gift it is natural to try and preserve it however we also want to apply faith in the matter and recognize the wonderful life after this one and how God has enough room and resources to accommodate every in a world much better than this.

That's my opinion.

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S

I think living for a few hundred years would be ok, if I could stay young. After a few hundred years, though, I think things would start to get tedious and boring. I wouldn't want to live for thousands of years.

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