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Immortality: A Blessing or a Curse?

Immortality: "The ability to live forever; eternal life" (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/immortality).
Is immortality, under the definition given, a blessing or a curse? Remember that you are not a vampire who stops aging at a certain age, but rather someone who continuously ages without ever dying.  

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It depends on the quality of life.

If you lived to be 50,000 years old in forced slavery, you'd want the suicide pill.

If life was Utopian for 50,000 years, it'd be a pretty good deal.

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It depends on the quality of life.

If you lived to be 50,000 years old in forced slavery, you'd want the suicide pill.

If life was Utopian for 50,000 years, it'd be a pretty good deal.

Exactly.

If you were effectively in your twenties to early thirties for thousands of years in a rational, healthy, productive society, than that would be great. But, if you had to live for thousands of years in the body of an 90+ year old (particularly in a dysfunctional society) that would be horrible.

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Immortality: "The ability to live forever; eternal life" (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/immortality).

Is immortality, under the definition given, a blessing or a curse? Remember that you are not a vampire who stops aging at a certain age, but rather someone who continuously ages without ever dying.  

Well, you cant just continue ageing through 1000+ years old IRL. It is either we develop the medical technology to stop and/or reverse aging or you are going to be so fragile that Mr. Glass from the movie Unbreakable would look like Superman by comparison

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I guess it will really depend. Both, as someone pointed out, in the quality of life and in the companionship. If I were to live forever only to watch those I love die, it would be a miserable existence.

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Yes of course if you lived only to make relations, then watch the ones you love slowly wither away time after time without the ability to help them, the existence would be dreadful.

Humans are supposed to die so that evolutionary improvements can happen over subsequent generations. Immortality would literally stop humans from evolving. They are supposed to live, reproduce, then die.

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curse, can be painful because everything happens very slowly, you lose everything just to age, theres only so much you can do in a life time, nothing should be everlasting all things must come to an end or change.

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it is a curse.... Life, the people you love will go on and die while you have to stay here, and isolate yourself from everyone to protect yourself from the pain

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It's a curse because as you grow old, you live your life as you watch those who are closest to you die.

You'd be stuck in this endless life, watching those closest to die and eventually, you might not want to get close to anyone anymore, so you'll be lonely.

You'll still get illnesses and you will eventually die when it is the end of the world, so what good is in living forever??

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So basically you'll live forever,you'll surpass everyone you've loved,you could still get diseases and experience pain,you just can't die.If its in a peaceful utopia,like someone already said,it'll be a good eternal life.But if its just our world,you wouldn't be able to emotionally connect with anyone(or wouldn't be willing to)because you know they'll die and you won't.You could still get diseases like everyone else.you feel pain like everyone else.It's just a normal life but without dying(excluding the utopia)

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Immortality is a curse. Though you get to live an extensive amount of years,

you still age. With with age comes with, diseases, endless suffering, and continuous loss of family and friends over the years.

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In my opinion, immortality is a definite curse. First off, you'd continuously age forever. Sure you age a lot slower, but if imagine yourself at the age of 300. Your physical body would be extremely weak, you'd barely be able to move, and your skin would be extremely dry and wrinkled. Secondly, as you live on forever, your loved ones pass away and you'd never get to see them again. Thirdly, you'd always experience pain and get diseases. If you get shot multiple times, you won't die sure, but the immense pain that you feel will be torture and you would rather just die and not feel anything anymore. Immortality has some good things to it, but it's not worth the chance. We should just accept our fate in life and pass away with others.