Many of us fear death. That is only natural, for many sane mind would probably prefer the certainty of life over the uncertainty of death.
Isn't it the other way around? Life is uncertain - you don't know how long, what quality, what events. Death is very certain: you're dead. You're going to stay that way.
1.) Your family and friends would die off because of old age or illness, as will their children and grandchildren, while you persist, leaving you with severe emotional tramau, become lonely or causing you to disassociate with humanity. Most obvious of problems
Oh, please - by the time you hit middle age you'll have had some friends and family die and you know what? It's sad and painful but you don't stop wanting to live because of it. At least most people don't. Hell, I know a man who by the age of 14 had had every relative and every person he ever knew die, then he wound up halfway around the world in a place he didn't know the language. Wow, that completely sucked. You know what? He's in his 80's now, has a new family (including a great-grandkid), and lot of friends.
People you know dying is a normal part of life
, whether you're mortal or immortal. This is a weak-ass argument against immortality.
2.) Severe boredom, since there's only so much stuff that could be done to pass the time. We're talking potentially billions of years plus existence people
I'm sure I could fill up my time for the next few thousand years... I'll take the risk.
3.) Humanity would continue to evolve around you, generation by generation, while your original, unevolved form remains, thus causing you to eventually become a freak of nature.
Unless, of course, humanity is wiped out leaving you alone in the universe. That would suck, but I'm not sure it would be intolerable.
4.) According to recent studies, time passes by faster in peoples perspective as you grow older since each moment they represent a smaller part of your life when you are older than when you a younger. A day would seem like an eternity for a toddler but around 5 minutes for an old man.
I have somewhat observed this effect myself as I age, but you know, a day is still a day long. It's not like time actually
passes faster than it used to. Still takes as long to play a game of Monopoly
as it ever did.
5.) You get older mentally. Imagine if your cell phone number changed every week, and every week you were forced to memorize the new one. It gets exponentially harder because all of those old numbers are still in your memory, clogging up the works. Then imagine someone asked you to instantly recall the number you had five numbers ago.
First of all, why would you remember all the old numbers? That's not how memory works, you either use phone numbers and addresses or eventually you lose them.
Recall five numbers ago? Why would that be a problem? Now, five hundred
numbers ago, that might be an issue... but why would you need to?
Same case for immortal people. As time goes on, more and more memories pile up. Your brain can keep all that stuff organized for a while, but it's not like you can go into your brain and just delete files like cleaning up a hard drive. So useless stuff starts accumulating, clogging up the works and slowing everything down, like all those toolbars on your mom's Internet browser. Your body will be young, but you'll still be forgetting people's names and telling the same jokes to the same person twice in one day.
The brain is not a computer. Please write that out 100 times (no cheating with the copy function). You don't need to deliberately delete stuff, you'll forget on your own, automatically, after awhile. Nor is there any evidence that remembering more stuff slows down the human brain. As for "forgetting people's names and telling the same jokes to the same person twice in one day", that's called "dementia". Not all old people suffer from it. Assuming the body is unaging, why would your immortal suffer from it?
7.) Chances are, you might accidentally get trapped somewhere and unable to move, act or do anything and unable to get help and nobody knows you are there. E.g. fallen into a cement mixer, trapped by magma which cools and harden, accidentally blown off your spaceship and drifting into deep space. For a normal person death may come as a release from such a situation, but for an immortal, not an option. Imagine being like this, FOREVER. Many people considers this as the most horrifying reason why immortality sucks
This is about the only decent reason you give.
So, here's my challenge: does anyone have counterarguments that justifies immortality for people?
Because I always want to know what happens next.