Who wants to live forever

In which there can be only one.

Sean Connery as Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez

I’m only worried about two things in life, the heat death of the universe and bears with guns (how did they get them and how can they use them) and I’m terrified that I will get to live to see both of them. Granted the ursine evolution process is going to take a long time to develop opposable thumbs and we are looking at a long time until the end of it all.

A real long time

I mean a really, really long time.


Being immortal will eventually mean facing up to realisation that not just you will just outlive your friends and family but eventually the universe itself.

I used to think that I wanted to live forever, being alive is pretty amazing so why would I want to change the status quo. Sure there is the chance that there is a big adventure to come (with white shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise) but I know at the moment I can have bacon sandwiches, tea, and watch cricket.

Being around to see those you love get old and leave, how would that be fun. Maybe you can learn to live again, and again, but would that devalue the feelings you have held for people in the past. Now I have a little child there will be a moment when I have to explain to her mortality, that is a thought that breaks my heart.

It’s not exactly something I have yet come to grasp, I still see that I have so long ahead of me so how can I comprehend my own lack of immortality? Every time I think about it I get the same sense of dread as Winnie the Pooh with a semi-automatic. I’m already afraid of the heat death of the universe, I don’t want to add my own to the fear list.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Finite Creatures.”

At what age did you realize you were not immortal? How did you react to that discovery?

Author: geekergosum

Ah, so you worked out the riddle. You just needed to use dwarfish and the doors to Geek Ergo Sum opened. Or perhaps you just used Google. Either way you are here, on my little corner of the Internet.

4 thoughts on “Who wants to live forever”

  1. First of all, you win the internet for the featured image you picked for the post: I’ve been singing in my head the Queen’s song for that movie since yesterday, when I read the prompt. It’s good to know at least somebody else had a similar thought process…

    Secondly, I love your take on the prompt itself: exploring mortality through your considerations on immortality.

    BTW: I think I would be fine being immortal. It could be because I love having “alone” time with books, me, myself, and I; I could just do that for centuries no problem. Won’t definitely feel the need to have a new family and go through the pain and deaths of loved ones more than once, but that can be avoided.

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    1. As soon as I saw the prompt I knew the soundtrack I had in my head as well. I wanted a picture of them sword fighting, but had to settle for only the most Scottish-sounding Spaniard that has ever lived!

      I like the alone time as well, and it would be great to pick up a new book series knowing that I won’t have to worry about it finishing after I expire *cough* GRRRRR Martin (although I am only 35 so I expect to last longer than him!).

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      1. I think I gave up on Martin: he is probably enjoying the “almost free” money of the tv series too much to go back and finish the books.

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    2. As soon as I saw the prompt I knew the soundtrack I had in my head as well. I wanted a picture of them sword fighting, but had to settle for only the most Scottish-sounding Spaniard that has ever lived!

      I like the alone time as well, and it would be great to pick up a new book series knowing that I won’t have to worry about it finishing after I expire *cough* GRRRRR Martin (although I am only 35 so I expect to last longer than him!).

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