Especially if I could be guaranteed of a few things first, like reasonably good health, clear mind, reasonably good vision and hearing and basic financial security.
Why, you ask, sneering in dubious skepticism. Because, I reply brightly, there is so much to see! But not as a nearly mindless, crippled bag of bones dumped to rot in some minimum care nursing home that stinks of urine and feces and the attendants steal everything of value and the food sucks.
But, as a reasonably, debonair, healthy older person, living in my own home, that’s different.
I want to see us get to Mars and set foot on the soil and explore. I want to see us get to Europa and answer the question as to what is under that thick layer of ice.
I want to see what the next styles with be for pretty young women. (I plan on being a ‘dirty old man.’) I want to find out if I’m correct in predicting an end to 85 to 90% of racism as racist generations die out and take their conceptions with them.
I want to see the return of Rock 'n Roll, see just how cheap and tiny computers can get, if Castro will finally croak and who will come after him, and if Sadaam will get slaughtered.
I’d like to see how big the new space station will get and if we will go back to the moon. What new surgical treatments will pop up and will they ever crack the viral codes and make medications to cure AIDS, Herpes and the common colds?
Now that we have had the public insanity and panic over Child Abuse, Tobacco, kids, styles, drugs, genetics and irradiated foods, I wonder what they’ll dig up next.
Will they recall the helmet law and if so, how many bikers have to happily get their brains splattered on roads before the government decides it’s too expensive to pay their medical bills before doing so?
Will it ever dawn on the NRA that guns are fine, but the average American Gun owner just has no logical use for military style weapons, war ammunition, things that can knock out a battleship or blow the engine out of a police car?
I’d like to find out what happened to the missing flight of war craft that vanished in the Bermuda Triangle.
It would be interesting to find out what other form of annoying stupidity will replace TV call in psychics and infomercials on TV, will they consider the inventor of infomercials a national criminal and hunt him down, and do you thing they might make it a law to tell the truth concerning products hawked on TV?
Will Disney eventually own Florida and if so, will they start suing people who even talk about Mickey in public?
Will AOL ever stop dumping people off-line and then throwing their complaints in the trash? Will they develop an Internet search engine that does not bring up 500 porno sites and 200 totally wrong ones for any subject typed in.
Will they ever make those darn entrapping ‘loops’ on porn sites illegal so you can get the heck out of them in less than 10 minutes, 50 pop up windows and having to eventually reboot?
And … lots more. I’ve seen a lot of changes already and it’s fascinating when you think about it. In 100 years there’s been 2 world wars, 2 minor wars, we’ve gone from coal oil to nuclear powered electric light, horse and buggy to composite climate controlled cars, a wobbly first aircraft to landing on the moon, curing scores of deadly diseases and tons more stuff.
I want to see what happens next. I’d like to be there.