Do You Want To Live Forever?


The blogging question for today is “Do you want to live forever? Why or why not?” My answer is “no” for a number of reasons. The main one is spiritual. I am Muslim and I believe that I will be forgiven of my sins and go to heaven to be with God when I die. I actually look forward to that day. I don’t want to go through pain and suffering and there are not too many ways “out” that don’t involve some suffering and pain to get through to the day of our death. So I look forward to going to heaven and living in bliss with God. When I Christian, I felt the same way. Maybe it’s because I am in the December years, but death seems far less scary that it did when I was younger.

There are other reasons I have for not wanting to live forever. As we age, things start to go awry, and I don’t want to live a life that confines me to having help in dealing with daily life. That may be necessary anyway, but living forever would just be more of debilatation of the body. I wouldn’t be able to do things that I did when I was younger. I wouldn’t be able to be self-sufficient. Having to depend on others is a difficult thing for me; I hate asking for help. Living forever would make me dependent on others, something I really don’t want.

I also have a lazy streak in me and living forever with no real deadlines would be very bad for me. I need to have pressure on me to do things, and have deadlines in which to do things. If I were to live forever, I fear that I will put off doing things that I should do, and without the end of life hanging over my head, I would never get things done that I want to do. Knowing life has an end makes life more precious to me.

There are certainly good things that would come from living forever. I could see my granddaughters grow up and become adults, and I would see them live their lives and see my future great-grandchildren. But would they then take me for granted? Would they care if I were to be always around?

Motivation and looking forward to something–in this case, heaven–are reasons to not live forever. Plus, I don’t know how long people would put up with me, regardless of my health and mobility. Time is a good thing; it is only logical that time for me will end at some point and I will be released from pain and suffering, and live forever in a far better world. But I don’t want to live in this body with the limitations life brings. I will live forever in heaven, but without the limitations that life puts on us.

I’m not looking forward to dying tomorrow or in the near future. But I do look for it one day as a release from the cares and worries of this world.

This isn’t a very “up” topic, but it was a good question since we all face death, and we need to understand how to face the inevitability of death. Death should be nothing to fear; it’s part of the circle of life, as they sing in “The Lion King.” Besides, where would be put all the people who live forward and take up space and resources, while people continue to have babies. A nice idea, maybe, but not an ideal to work toward. Everybody has to die of something at some time. And we would do well to remember our time is short and not waste the time that we do have. We need it for motivation; we need it to look forward to a far better place.

About mairedubhtx

I am a "youngish" grandmother of 15 year old twin granddaughter who has recently (is a year "recent"?) adopted Islam as my way of life, much to the consternation of my family. I love to read. I love to write. I am writing a book about my decision to revert, about my spiritual journey. I have another blog about stories from my youth, my parents, and grandparents. It's a blog so my OCD daughter will not be able to throw it out when I die. I suffer from depression and anxiety, for which I am treated, so my posts may be a bit dark at times. C'est la vie.
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