Given a choice, what sort of lifespan, with some caveats, would you prefer?
- Live a full healthy life until you kick the bucket at 70 y.o., suffering no health issues whatsoever prior.
- Live to be a 100 y.o. but from the age of 60 y.o. onward, your health will gradually and consistently deteriorate.
- Live to be 300 y.o. but from the age of 50 y.o. onward you lose your physical body and have only consciousness (presuming advances in technology will allow that.) You are still able to communicate and see what is going on in the world, but are devoid of your senses and anything else physical, including associated pleasures of the senses.
My hypothesis is that the answers to the above will vary greatly based on several very personal factors:
- Folks who are currently older than 50 may be less inclined to pick option #1 as it leaves them with less than 20 years to live. It is easier to choose a healthy life terminating at 70 when you are in your 20s and 30s.
- People who had (or still have) an ailing parent, or other close friends or relatives in their lives, who are not aging well and suffer in their later days, may be less likely to choose option #2.
- And those who are more of the Earthy type may detest a life barren of the its related pleasures.
Learned from: reflection on articles about advances in science and medicine