Someone once said that we live lives of quiet desperation. I don’t know if that is so. I am sure that we all face times of desperation in our lives. Sometimes we’re quiet about it, sometimes not so much. But what if we had an infinite amount of time? What if our lives were not finite? Immortality.
Now to my knowledge immortality is simply a tool for entertainment. There are some creatures on our planet that live lives so incredibly long they might be considered immortal. Some animals live for hundreds of years. Some trees live for thousands of years. What they must have witnessed!
I believe that knowing we are ephemeral inspires us to live more fully. It doesn’t always work. We get lazy, we put off until tomorrow what we could do today. And then we regret. Too often you hear stories of people on their deathbed regretting that they had not eaten more pistachio ice cream or not taken a trip to the South Pole. Regret is such a heartbreaking word. So someone created the idea of a bucket list. Do you have a bucket list?
There are many things I regret in my life. I think that is standard operating procedure for our species. Having said that, I don’t want to live hundreds of years unless I could make a few changes. I would want to be young (but not too young!) healthy and rich. But would I get the benefit of those extra years. I don’t know. I would like to think that I would work for the benefit of others. And then I remember the story “The Picture of Dorian Grey” by Oscar Wilde. What is that saying “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Dorian Gray was a young man who gained immortality by having all of his heinous eccentricities show up only on his painting. He was not accountable for his actions.
I think that is what would worry me about immortality. Would I like to live longer? Only if I could be a better version of myself. There is a jellyfish that is believed to be immortal. When it gets old it reverts it’s self back into a baby jellyfish state. And if I understand correctly it also seems to clone itself! Yeah, no. I like being human! And as for my bucket list? I don’t want to empty it. I’m putting all my favourite memories in my bucket so I can keep them handy!