Say…

Earth balance
   Say life
was never ending,
we were tied to this Earth,
would we look and feel differently
should it mean an ending to birth,
would we go on forever blindly,
searching sand grains for truth,
or would we eternally look backwards
decrying lost youth?…
LadyP©2013

I often wonder what would be our response to the ‘gift’ of being genetically altered to live longer, Scientists are always  delving into mans make-up,  my instinctive reaction was that if you take away the barrier of Death and the hope of life beyond the veil, all manner of difficulties arise, not least overcrowding.  This was just a thought which surfaced… What Say You?

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46 responses to “Say…

  1. Personally I would find the thought of continuous life a bit distracting, LadyP how on this Earth would we fill all that time? As usual your poem was delightfully apt, I enjoyed reading your view on the ‘gift’ from Science. MikeRx

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    • many thanks for your lovely comment, MikeR, and I agree wholeheartedly, to have time spread out before us, how would we judge and appreciate all we hold dear as we do now? How would we live/earn/pay for the longevity? and how much more would the Earth suffer?… Thoughts/questions /ideas flow like a tumbling river over weathered rocks, I wonder where they take us?… xx

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  2. if we take death seriously, perhaps we might start living differently 🙂

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  3. I don’t want to live any longer than what I am destined to now – as I sincerely believe there is so much more “life” out there beyond this here.

    Peace, Eric

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    • I totally agree Eric, I know man is constantly trying to move the boundaries, playing like a child with the building blocks of life…adding to our allotted time on this beautiful Planet, but I fear for the outcome should he succeed, … the cost to us personally, our souls, spirit, call it what you will, would be insurmountable methinks… Peace to you… xPenx

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  4. Katie Isabella

    I would not like to continue on always. Not anxious to leave but don’t want to be here always and ever.

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    • me neither, Carole, … not that anxious to leave either, but continuing, just going on, and on, without an end in sight, well, It gives me a dash of the horrors…xx

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  5. The thing that gets me most is how
    We love our kids, but don’t allow
    Their futures to furrow the brow
    Lip service paid
    Yet can’t be made
    A silk purse from an ear of sow

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    • a rhyming comment, pendantry, (I nearly said couplet… I think they’re almost the same just different needs rhyming wise..) … I assume from your words that you think our children and children’s children should be taken into account when offered life longevity?.. We shall have to wait and see… ’tis ever the case… xx

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      • I was trying to suggest that we have the potential for immortality, but only if we’re less selfish about life. So sue me: I’m only a wannabepoet.

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        • Heh!! Fie, I shall not sue, pendantry, but I now realise how difficult it is to get a firm hold on meaning in rhyme… I shall take more care int’ future.. and we humans are nothing if not selfish methinks.. xx

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  6. Thought provoking once again, Lady P… I think we’d probably get bored if we went on forever; I much prefer the idea of coming back every now and again to see how things have changed – if we could find a way of getting to these hidden memories, I’d be happy! Not that I’m not now, I hasten to add!

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    • Methinks the boredom factor would rise too, Sir Aquatom, and all sorts of situations occur, some people doing dangerous things mayhap?… If you’re promised a longer life the excitement/thrill seeking factor would increase enormously… and I agree, living different lives, that’s the way to go, where do I sign up?… 🙂 … (with memories intact of course..) … xx

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  7. ‘Torchwood – Miracle Day’ said it all hun when they started incinerating those who were effectively brain dead, but still alive! 😦

    I wouldn’t mind living longer, but not forever as I am dealing with that issue in my books! 🙂

    Can you imagine an Elite group who never grow old, but are still vulnerable to accidental death and disease?

    Imagine the lengths they would go to to stay alive until ennui sets in and they actively choose to die to end the agony of existence?

    Love and hugs!

    Prenin.

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    • It did indeed Sir Prenin, ’twas a lesson in what could happen, should we be ‘granted’ this gift… Mayhap like Pandora’s box it should remain closed, with a warning… Luv ‘n’ hugs… xPenx

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  8. Great poem, and interesting thoughts, Pen. Last year I read the “Mars” series of books (science fiction), and the author delves into the same territory of longevity and how we would react to it as a collective species, as well as individuals. I don’t think I would want to live forever. And I’m not sure it would go well for humans if we could.

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    • I fear the same, Robin, for if some are granted this gift, (grey souls I call them) ones who fear death and therefore toe the society line at the moment, with that barrier removed all ‘hell’ could break loose… Like any unknown gift, consequences can be many and varied… Thank you for your thoughts, I haven’t read The Mars series, Just Wiki’d them for info… Kim Stanley Robinsons trilogy, I haven’t read any of them yet, but that may change now… I’ve read Julian May, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert… to name only 3… 🙂 xxx

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  9. Pen, these are great thoughts. I don’t know any answers. Made me think of a close friend who once said the worst thing that she could imagine was living forever. I think–perhaps–we do live forever, but only as the consciousness which we are. However, I can’t explain it any better than that so shall go read your poem a second time.

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    • Your thoughts are great Kathy, mine are just wondering about consequences, and yes, to suddenly be told you can perhaps live forever, I fear my first instinctive response would be NO!!! … And whatever awaits us after death, well, that’s our big adventure waiting in the wings… xxx

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  10. I think my old friend death would be very aggrieved if we all started to refuse to accompany him on ‘The last of walks’ He can get very sniffy when humans try to change things!

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  11. If people did live forever, or for a very long time, it would change almost everything. From the accumulation of knowledge and how much one could achieve, to how we would live, work, and reproduce. I for one would like to give it a try.

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    • ’tis ever the way Binky, change would happen, and until it did, the consequences would be just speculation, only by experiencing the ‘new order’ would we ever find out… Things we decide on at the moment have a knock on effect, way, way into the future… I wonder what we’ve started already? x

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  12. My philosophy of ‘death’ is it is treated as something of a drama queen. Beyond the separation from here and all we know. Reflect upon passing as a mere debt or a changing of the season. Eternity awaits us all and in the end we all have some conscious philosophy developed to simply ‘cope’ with the inevitable.

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    • ’tis such a large step we take, mctell2, and I suppose if some were offered a chance not to take that step for a long. long time… I wonder how many would take up the offer?… As you say, no matter how long we put off the inevitable. it’s there, waiting … Many thanks for your thoughtful comment. xx

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  13. I wouldn’t want to live forever, However I am thankful for the life I have lived and grateful for each new day.

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    • I think we all feel the same way, Beth, another day dawns, whether it be grey skies or blue, it’s a blank page waiting, what is written is always up to you… xx

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  14. Wow. This is good. I could let my mind wander on this for quite some time. We are becoming more and more aware of our biological footprint. Would the turn around come sooner if we were given life everlasting in this realm? I think, perhaps, that there would be more changes, quicker. Financial planning would take on new meaning.

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    • Hi Leslie, ideas aplenty there, I hope we would become more responsible of our actions if granted longevity on this good Earth, ’tis an interesting point, would we think even more greener?.. and yes, the financial aspect would create even bigger headaches than now, paying for longer life would drain resources, methinks… Many thanks for your contribution, very much appreciated…xx

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  15. Oh that’s scary Pen to live each day knowing when your old and week you must carry on. Sorry to sound rather negative.

    Love the weather hoping you are enjoying the sunshine .
    Lucy has just had a full pelt run in the garden she loved it.
    Hugs Sheila xx

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    • hey you, 🙂 not negative at all, Sheila,… ’tis a great point, who says that with longevity comes good health?…playing about with DNA may lead to all sorts of outcomes, … ’tis sunshine , birds a singing, ’tis almost Disneyland in the garden Sheila…(I must post some up to date photo’s soon..) … Glad Lucy is enjoying this fine weather too,… hugs to both of you.. xxPenxx

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  16. If we lived forever, I worry that we would lose the passion for the new day. We would not feel the need to do things because there would be no rush as our days do not end… what an interesting concept for your poem! I like all the dialogue it inspired in the comments!

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    • You have a point, Christy, that need to live each day as if it be your last, well, we’d just start putting off ’til tomorrow kind of thing… Many thanks for contributing … much appreciated.. xxx

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  17. I don’t think I’d want more than my Heavenly Father had in mind for me–nor less!

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  18. As you say, there would be overcrowding and a myriad of other problems. How many people would outlive their savings and how many governments would be bankrupted by having to pay so many old age pensions, etc. etc. Personally, I wouldn’t want to live a hundred years or more. One would get too world weary, I think. Interesting topic!

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    • Moot points Debbie, and yes, personally I wouldn’t want to live that long either… I also wonder if it’s something which only the elite will be able to afford?… ’tis a subject which raises many thoughts and ideas… Thank you for your thoughtful comment my friend.. xxx

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  19. de mon coté j’aimerais être dans l’immortalité, que personne n’y soit d’ailleurs car déjà que la Terre va mal alors si en plus y’a trop de monde elle ira pire que tout !!!
    très beau ton écriture miss Pen
    bisous

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    • une question difficile, Paul, l’un d’une part offert une chance de vivre plus longtemps a un appel, mais de l’autre, cela dépend de la qualité de vie, et puis il ya la question de la surpopulation, comme vous le dites. Un grand merci pour votre commentaire réfléchie. baisers xPenx

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  20. I agree! There is always a time and place for everything even our deaths which is but the beginning of a new journey. The thing is, science may find a way to keep the body alive, but what if we as souls can decide to leave our shells and go away? Ooo…hehe…zombies?

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    • You never know, Shree, maybe as zombies…(((shivers))) 😉 … hope not tho’ … Prolonged life always brings so many problematical ideas… as we’re already overrunning the planet for one…. Hopefully it’s a far, far distant thing.. xx

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