posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 03:53 AM
Well, if this guy met an immortal man, at least he could tell us something interesting from history that he has learned from his conversations with
supposed immortal man. The guy's blog goes on and on about what if and how amazing and how he can't reveal anything, but delivers no substance as
to what he has learned.
The Romans had indoor plumbing over a thousand years ago, and orgies and gladiator fights, the middle ages must have really sucked after that,
especially after the plague when people weren't bathing regularly. I gather this immortal must be Mediterranean, but in violent times, wondering
outside of ones racial/ethnic group must have been pretty dicey, so how much of the other world could he safely venture through. Traveling alone in
areas where you were a stranger, especially with any kind of wealth had to be very dangerous through most of the last two thousand years. Each time
he shed his old life for a new one to avoid people recognizing his lack of aging must have put this person in considerable danger. He would probably
have to move every twenty years to avoid suspicion. In world where a large city held 50 to 150 thousand people, disappearing would be pretty
difficult. Especially if one brought wealth to the new location.
If you had kids, how do you explain to your son when he is thirty and getting old, like most did in more barbaric times, that you haven't aged since
he was a child. What about grandchildren? This would have created some real problems with enjoying immortal life. Then again, wouldn't there be
good chance that your children would inherit your remarkable abilities? It sure seems like this kind of trait would be something that could be passed
down through the generations. Seems that it wouldn't be long before the world was mainly inhabited by people who did not age, or enough to enslave
us mere mortals. Then again, maybe immortality would come with sterility, when projecting, why leave such options open.
Would scars heal to the point where they disappeared or would you become one huge scar? Wouldn't the body need some sort of special ability to
repair itself. Chances of getting into accidents over the centuries, serious enough to result in broken bones would eventually lead to an existence
of being crippled. How could the body mend bones that weren't set properly in the first place? What about the odds of amputation? In more violent
times, it seems that fights with blades would be inevitable, not to mention marching off to fight wars. It is one thing to believe that the body
could keep reproducing itself in a manner that defies aging, but mending badly broken bones, or improperly set bones, re-growing severed limbs, and
fighting off infections from serious wounds, seems to be beyond reason, and avoiding serous accidents in a violent world century after century seems
to be beyond reason as well. Seems anti-aging would have to come with amazing healing powers, like Wolverine in the X men to extend life beyond more
than a few centuries.
I guess the brain would dump memories that went out of usage, like languages no longer spoken, so that you could continue to learn new things, and you
would have to be able to continually adapt with civilization to survive.
I guess the best bet would be to become some sort of merchant, a sailor, and a trader. This would expand your ability to explore the world and
disappear. Even so, keeping just a few close friends for more than a dozen years would be difficult. If there were more than one immortal, in say
the Mediterranean, it seems that eventually they would get to know each other, and become close friends out of necessity. Hmm, maybe the Phoenicians
were a society of immortals?
Of course there is always alcoholism, and drug addiction, the urge to show off to mere mortals, play god, grab a little bit of fame now and then. It
seems like every few centuries you would go completely insane.