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If you could live 1,000 years, would you?

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Aubrey de Grey is a scientist who has postulated that humanity is not medically far from having very extended lifespans. Essentially, his belief is that we will soon reach a point where, each year, the average human life expectancy will increase by 1 year. If he's right, and you had the ability to opt-in to an extended life, would you? http://www.ted.com/talks/aubrey_de_grey_says_we_can_avoid_aging
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If it is something that is possible then yes I would like to opt in for living one thousand years.

The reason is that it doesn't seem like there's nearly enough time in my lifetime of probably less than a hundred years or a little over to do all the things that I want to do with my time and my life.

There are so many books to read and movies to watch and video games to play and I don't like that because of time being limited it dramatically reduces my ability to be able to read all the books I've wanted to read over the years because I had to set priorities for how I would use my time.

It would be a pretty incredible thing to live a thousand years because even if it is not immortality a thousand years is still an incredibly long amount of time and that's many lifetime's worth of stuff that I could read, video games I could play, and technological advances that I could witness.

And what I think is really incredible about that length of time is that technology would continue to advance and improve as I age and so it would be entirely possible that if I could live even longer than 1,000 that the possibility would open up as I lived a much longer life. I don't really see any negatives to living a longer life and I have no religious attachment or dogmatic devotion to just living out a natural human lifespan. If medicine can figure out a way to allow people to live longer at a relatively low and affordable cost then I definitely would want to live 1,000 years if I could afford to. Even if I couldn't I can still dream about what it would be like and still render my opinion that I would rather live a 1,000 years than not live a 1,000 years if those were the two choices presented to me.

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I really don't know if I want to live to be a thousand years old. Taking a status check of my body right now, the answer is a definite, emphatic "no". My hair is grey and has the same texture as steel wool. I have to always wear mascara because my eyelashes are getting grey also. My face is not wrinkled yet, but the battle against sun damage is frustrating. The bones and joints are in fairly good condition, although there are days when my knees ache so much.

Another consideration is my memory, if I write something down I will definitely remember, but if I don't it is lost forever. Energy levels vary from day to day and I seem to get frustrated very easily.

All things considered, the only way I would commit to 1K years is with certain guarantees about the quality of my life. Nobody wants to be frail and doddering around dependent on others for your daily activities and needs.

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If I could live 1,000 years I would as long as the quality of life was good. I would maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly and try to keep busy. So I think I would still be able to enjoy life after 1,000 years. A lot of older people have not exercised or tried to maintain a healthy diet in over 30 years. When you let your body and mind go you limit what you can do. They don't do very much so they spend a lot of time being bored. Spending 900 hundred years like that would be torture but I don't plan on doing that.

I am trying to extend my life through diet, exercise and relaxation. I look and feel younger than other people my age. I would do other things to extend my life if I expected the quality of life to be good. Medication tends to have negative side effects. I try to avoid taking it but I would if I thought it really could help me avoid aging.

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No, I would not live 1,000 years because I believe that 1,000 years is way too much time for a single person to live. Living 1,000 years means that you will be making multiple friends only to see them pass away in a hundred or even less. You will go through 10 lifetimes assuming that a person lives up to 100 years old and even then, accidents or tragedies may occur. Throughout the 1,000 years, there will probably be some kind of natural disaster that will strike and be disastrous.

Living 1,000 years is quite situational in my opinion. Will our appearance change to the point where our skin is extremely wrinkly? Will our bones get weaker and weaker until it's not possible anymore? Of course, science can advance to the point where these problems can be solved but is it really worth it is my main concern.

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If it were possible to live one thousand years I think I would do it. I am always curious about what the future holds and if our lives could be extended I would be able to witness so much change and history first hand. Just think of all the possibilities that the future could hold for us. In a thousand years it's possible that we will make contact with other intelligent life in the universe and I would certainly want to be around for that. It would also be exciting to be here to witness how technology advances to cope with an overcrowded planet with our dwindling natural resources. While I think that many people grow tired of "life" and want to see it end I would be very excited to live well into the future.

Thanks for the question.

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I would definitely choose to live 1000 years if the opportunity presented itself.

The amount of learning and different experiences one could have in 1000 years would be incredible. You could take on different jobs, learn 10 more languages, travel to every country on the planet and even perhaps go into space. Life is about experiences, and for people who are privileged to experience new ones on a daily basis, the only thing holding them back is the strict restriction of a single lifespan.

If humans could live to be 1000 years, who knows what sort of technology could be developed within that lifetime. In fact, I would be willing to bet that people would find ways to extend human life further than 1000 years.

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It all depends on how the word "life" is defined. If I live a long time I'd like to be able to do what I want, and have the ability to lead my life enjoyably. If living is simply being alive, but perhaps being debilitated and not having all of my faculties including retaining my eyesight, my taste, my hearing, my locomotion, than I cannot see that as having much purpose other than simply existing.

That being said I suppose life can be defined quite a bit as well depending on who you are. Stephen Hawking, for example, has always been a remarkable figure to me for his abilities as a scientist, and a man who seems to enjoy his life despite his handicap.

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Absolutely yes, I would love to see the future and if I had more time to build a comfortable life I would do it.

Think of the things you will see in 100 or 200 years from now, and how much money you could save. You would have time to get more education. I would love to see the futue and maybe travel into space,

I would get to see the end of the world because I do not think it will last another 500 years the way we are destroying the planet.

I would love to live another 800 years.

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This is actually a very important question for me because sometimes I fear my mortality and I think about this deeply almost every week because I'm not really sure if I want to die.

I know that a lot of people are okay with dying and I know that a lot of people don't really pay too much attention to these but in my opinion is a really important thing if I could I would leave thousands of years because I really want to enjoy being here.

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No, because I don't think quality of life would improve markedly. I don't want to wind up spending 100 years living a reasonably good quality of life and having problems for the other 900 years. Not only that, but I think overpopulation would be a HUGE problem if everyone lived fro 1000 years.

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