Yeah I didn’t really like the Cracked article on immortality. That made me unhappy because Cracked is usually really good stuff for what it is.
Let me repost and knock over their “5 Reasons Immortality Would be Worse than Death”:
Evolution will turn you into a freak
Their take is that the humans born thousands of years after you were would have significantly different biological features and they would view you like we view cavemen and Neanderthals today. I disagree. Given the time and motivation I have plenty of faith in the ability to techologically augment our existence to match the differences that will pop up, if that is even a need.
Besides, that is only a problem if you are the only immortal. I agree that being the only immortal person, and watching generations of family, friends, and lovers die around you, wouldn’t be that great. However a community of millions of immortal people could support each other, or worst case, at least rally for equal rights for us cavemen born back in the 20th century.
Nobody can ever find out
…if you’re alone. Not a problem in a realistic immortality scenario.
You’re still getting older mentally
This would of course also be an awful proposition. “Hey, want to live a thousand centuries in a miserable, crippled fog?” That’s why I exclude it. Hopefully the anti-aging pill will also stop brain deterioration.
Now, this idea that your brain will eventually just get full of ideas has more merit to me. I’m no neurologist but I understand that there is a finite (if large) number of cells and possible connections inside the brain and thus an upper limit to human memory storage. Big deal. Augment it with technology.
Time speeds up until you’re insane
I will admit I don’t have an answer to this. I want to say that this is just dumb at face value, but I’m only twenty. Can any older Doper riff on the validity of the assertion that time perception speeds up as you get older?
However, again, the problems that are brought up are mostly only for lone survivors. No need in worrying about being married to your wife for “only” fifty years if she’s also immortal. And I bet such a society would grow out of some parts of our current cycle of trends and fads.
You’ll eventually get trapped somewhere forever
This one is the dumbest. If you’re immortal except for trauma, well, most trapping events (they mention building collapses) will give you the needed trauma to bump you off. If you’re full-on immortal, then just gnaw your arm off, or whatever you need to do, and get out of the trap, even if it’s digging your way up through ten meters of dirt using your pocketknife. Who cares if it takes fifty years? You’re immortal.
Surviving all the way out to the heat death of the universe would be a bummer but even that is worth watching if you’ve got the right conditions as far as your immortality and technical progress.
Of course, every part of all of this is hypothetical, and you can add or subtract any condition you want to your liking, but that’s the fun of it, to see what people think is necessary or enjoyable about living.