A researcher in London, a biomedical gerontologist named Aubrey de Grey, states that if his predictions are accurate, the first person to reach 150 years of age has already been born. If that doesn't rock your boat, he also goes on to say that the first person to live 1,000 years will arrive in another two decades. De Grey believes that science is on the verge of bringing aging "under a decisive level of medical control". Just like cars, people will go in for routine maintenance that will extend their lives indefinitely. My first thought was: Damn, I've been ripped off.
But seriously, what are the benefits of living to 150? Living to 1,000 is so extreme, I can't even work my brain around it. Here is a sampling of comments, some funny, some just silly, some very thought-provoking:
That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.
Will this be covered under Obamacare?
My wife says if I don't straighten up my act, I won't even live to see Christmas.
What's the point of having children if you can live to 1,000?
Will Social Security pay for 930 years of retirement?
This means the kids would never move out.
So how are they going to "cure" food and water shortages, overcrowding and lack of jobs?
Imagine the 150 year old guy with his 80 year old trophy wife.
As a Cubs fan, this is great news. I may live to see a World Series won in Wrigley Field.
Since when is aging a sickness?
Most people waste the time they are given anyway.
Nature will step in and redress the imbalance with new diseases.
Longer life means more sin. This will make the devil happy.
Screw the 150 years. I've only been here 30 years and I'm already tired of the freak show.
Only the ultra-rich will be able to afford it.
If people could live to 1,000, the number one cause of death would be suicide. Imagine if you were going through a bad patch and it was going to last 125 years? Or life in prison with no possibility of parole?
Being the practical sort, my second thought was how in the heck will folks remember all their descendants' names and birthdays? Not to mention going broke buying presents for everyone. Websites like Ancestry.com will disappear when people can Skype with Great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great Granny. Funeral homes will go out of business because nobody will be dying to get in. And that old saying about nothing being certain but death and taxes will no longer be true.
Just because science can give us the means to fiddle with our bodies, doesn't mean we should.
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