Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Not Quite the Fountain of Youth


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements. 😉

I'm stealing this week's question from another blog post. (She posted an interesting question. I'm only modifying it somewhat.)

What if you discovered a formula for immortality, but you could only freeze your aging? That is, what if you would never get any older than you are now, but you'll also never get any younger?

18 comments:

  1. Twenty years ago that would've been great. Now I'd have to think about it. Probably still say no. Eternity will be much better than being stuck here.

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  2. I don't think freezing my age would help with my back any.

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  3. Oh I would be so tempted but I am on the fence with this. I would see all the people I love die and I could easily see myself not want to get close to people because of being hurt. I am thinking of that Star Trek episode where the one man, Flint, is immortal but longs to have someone be with him and not die. he creates the female robot who ends up loving Kirk (of course) and "dies" because she can't choose. I also think of Highlander (the first movie) where the ultimate gift is that they become mortal. It might not be all that cracked up to be....but still, I would love to see what happens in the future.

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    1. I suppose it depends on what one believes happens after our bodies die. I loved Highlander...

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  4. I'd do it right away before my body gets any worse. 32 isn't a horrible age for forever, although 23 would be better.

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  5. Awww, but then I wouldn't grow old with my husband. That'd take part of the fun out of marriage, wouldn't it? I have a very odd dream of being a short Japanese lady who waves her fist at her husband shouting "Baka!" after 50+ years of marriage. (Okay, so that was my grandma and grandpa.)

    That said, if I was single, I'd consider it. And are we sure such a thing hasn't already been created? I mean, have you seen Halle Berry?

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  6. id grab it with both hands better again if I could bottle the formula and sell it, Honestly I wish I could freeze myself and stay young forever before I get old, bald and wrinkly but hey whats wrong in aging disgracefully?

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  7. I'd be okay with it. I would have rather I experienced it at 32 when I thought I was in good condition and at the weight I wanted to be at, LOL, but freezing it at 61 wouldn't be too bad, probably less aches and pains now than say if I make it to 80.

    betty

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  8. Sign me up! I wouldn't mind that formula.

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  9. I am all for it. 59 is not such a bad age I don't guess. I only hope that freezing the age freezes the body also so that it stops falling apart!

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  10. No, thank you. I hope there's a big adventure after this. ~grin~ Be well!

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    1. Since those that know have never come back to let us know...

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  11. If my favorite people are frozen in time with me, then I would be all for it.

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  12. I'd be okay with that as long as I could change my weight/hair and such as I pleased. But staying my current age wouldn't be so bad.

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