Thursday, January 15, 2009

A million years?



While I was listening to the radio and making soup this evening, two eminent chaps were considering whether, if it were possible, one would want to live for ever. Would life eventually get boring, they wondered?

They agreed that they’d be willing to give it a go, with two provisos: that science had also managed to arrange that they didn’t get decrepit; and that they could opt out at any time, for example if after a million years they felt they’d seen it all before.

Hmm. I feel I could certainly sign up for two or three hundred, provided that all my friends and relations were still around too. And you all.

13 comments:

jkhenson said...

First, I love the photo! :)
Second, I wholeheartedly agree: a few hundred, and only with my friends (bloggers like you included! :))and loved ones were around with me! :)

Lesley said...

Yeah - it could be fun but I reckon everyone would get bored of me going on about what it used to be like back in the day. I have enough trouble trying to remember what year things happened in over the 39 years I've clocked up so far, imagine if I had 300 to play with:

"Right, did we move to Katmandu in 2145 or 2146? D can you remember? Because that's the year we bought the ecohover and I need to know if it's still within its 10 year warranty...." etc etc

Lesley x

Molly said...

The correct term, Isabelle, is Y'all!

Stomper Girl said...

I think the non-decrepit thing is a very important stipulation. And I think the will to live is very strong so I could see difficulties in actually letting go just through boredom! I would like to be around to see what my kids get up to though and the grandchildren.

Tracey Petersen said...

What would the retirement age be? I wouldn't want to work for 995 of my thousand years.

Relatively Retiring said...

I can't think of anything worse. There's definitely a time to move over and leave room for the others!

Tillybud said...

A hunderd lifetimes would never be enough. I thought that when my dear gran died -we wanted longer but we knew it would never be long enough. I saw your comment on chickenblog and thought I'd pop over to say hello!

Loth said...

Nope, I think on balance I would rather have a nice long but normal lifespan with good health up to the end. Don't want to hang around indefinitely boring the pants off the great-great-great-great grandchildren with repetitions of "I've been there, I've done that......"

Lucy said...

Yes but if we all lived that long then everything would be different wouldn't it? We'd take much longer over everything, live in slow motion, as it were, and presumably the world wouldn't change as fast either, our brains would perhaps be differently adapted.

I don't know, it's hard to imagine. But it would be nice to have time to do all the things we want to do I suppose. Actually, what would be better would be to have longer days...


Thanks for coming back on my last omment, and I know you didn't say that about children being the meaning of life anyway. In fact, when I feel pessimisitic about the state of the world and its future, I'm quite glad I didn't tie myself to it with children, though I think perhaps wise parents are able to let them go in that way.

Thimbleanna said...

Awww, that's so sweet Isabelle! Wouldn't it be fun to be around for much longer? And Molly is in the deep south -- if you move farther west, you all works just fine LOL.

Gina E. said...

I'd rather just be a fly on the wall, to see whether the human race wipes itself out eventually, or whether Pres. Obama will be the new Saviour, and get Americans back on track. (I think he's got a good chance, if they let him live long enough to do it)

meggie said...

What a wonderful photo of you, 'in' your soup saucepan!!

No would not like to live for any more than my alloted span.

. said...

Just think: where would you store all the T-shirts you would collect....