posted on Aug, 26 2005 @ 04:53 PM
I see one major problem with trying to extend people's lives any longer than they are now. We'll put it this way - you think overpopulation of this
planet is bad now? Wait until the average lifespan is 100 years.... or 120 years... Lifespans like that mean that it's possible that 6 generations
of a family could all be alive at the same time (assuming each generation had children at age 20).
In addition to the obvious overpopulation problems, longer lifespans could give way to more rampant disease (more people, means more bodies to spread
through, means larger number of diseased people - with more potential for the disease to mutate). I say we solve the human genome and irradicate
disease before thinking about making lifespans longer. We might also want to look into colonizing other worlds before making lifespans longer as well
- we need somewhere to house all these extra people.
This may sound a little harsh, but if we're to solve some of the problems plaguing the world, we don't need longer lifespans and more people. We
need shorter lifespans and less people. Less people means less demand on resources. Less demand on resources means consumer prices come down as well
as allowing mother nature to replenish herself a bit before we go for the next patch of resources.
While I'm sure each of us, individually, would love to live a longer life, we need to keep the big picture in mind, and realize that it's simply not
practical for survival.