Question of the Week #17

QuestionWould you be willing to become extremely ugly physically if it meant you would live for 1,000 years at any physical age you chose?

Absolutely not. And it’s not a vanity thing. I’m not convinced I’m all that good looking as is. But I wouldn’t want to live for 1,000 years. That’s insane. I have a hard enough time making friends and being social. I can’t imagine having to start over every few years simply because everyone in my circle was getting older while I stayed the same age. And I feel like I sort of explored this question when I saw Age of Adaline.

But the whole thousand years thing leads to other questions. Does that just mean I won’t age in that 1,000 years? Or does it mean I’m invulnerable? Like, could I still die if I’m in a really bad car accident, or does my near immortality come with a mutant healing factor? I’m thinking about it too much, even though my answer would still be no. I imagine it would be depressing to watch the people around you grow old and die while the world keeps spinning and, most likely, getting a little worse with each passing century.

What about you? Ugly or not, would it be worth it to live 1,000 years?

*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.


3 thoughts on “Question of the Week #17

  1. Living a thousand years would definitely be depressing for all the reasons you mentioned. I can say that this short life can be kind of difficult on us ugly folks. I can say that because my mom told me I’m ugly. But even being extremely beautiful, I wouldn’t want that 1,000 years thing. I’d probably get that song, A Thousand Years, stuck in my head. And I’d be bitter. More bitter than a cup of really bad coffee with lemon juice. And I’d probably know lots of people who would die in that time, and, despite the word ‘fun’ being in funeral, I just don’t think they’re that fun. But maybe if I was really bitter, like that lemon-flavored cup of bad coffee, I’d think they were fun.

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