I used to ask my philosophy students, most of whom were Christians, “Are you sure you want to live forever? Are you really that interested in who you are to experience being this personality for all eternity? I’m 30 and I am already tired of myself.”I would get a few looks of “Hey, that may be a good point there”. But for the most part, my question fell on deaf ears.
Impermanence is the most profound and freeing truth there is for human existence. Yet it hovers like the emissions of a poorly working delivery truck over the concerns of many. At least one film (John Boorman’s Zardoz, 1974) explores the idea of living forever as one human life. Inside what is called the Vortex, people live forever and it is supposedly great. But the truth is there is no sex drive among anyone and many are “Apathetics”, as they no longer care at any level about being alive. Punishment in the vortex consists of being “aged” a certain number of years, so that one continues to live eternally at that age. It is Zed, the hero, who gives the GIFT of death to those in the Vortex. You can see the trailer for this classic film below.
While impermanence is not always seemingly a good thing, imagine life without it. Think: At what point would you want to become eternal? Aged 15, 30, 75? Or would you prefer to continue aging and still live forever? What would that be like? How would new experiences happen in a world without change?
It seems to me, that death is the greatest aspect of living, perhaps even better than life itself. Thoughts?