What if we lived longer?
Let’s say 1500-2000 years? Every stage of life prolonged equally (or not equally?). - Infancy, adolescence, adulthood, geriatric…
I’m not saying this is possible, we do have a time limit. We aren’t jellyfish. But maybe a starting point for comparison: our life expectancy only used to be 40-ish. Now, it is 71-72, maybe longer or shorter depending on where in particular you live … along with other numerous variables. So how have we changed from then to now? Physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, philosophically … What do you think? Would it be the same difference from 71 to 1500?
My initial thoughts are this - we’ve graduated from a primarily survival-minded state to a state which gives us more freedom. As our life expectancies grew longer, we developed a “living-routine” based on our surroundings and the times. The living routine being: birth, childhood, young adulthood, marriage, kids, old age. This gives us a paced timeline in which to live instead of meandering through life for what would seem like an eternity. Opposite from the time where the majority had primarily animal instincts consisting of survival, power, and procreation. This paced timeline, while it has it’s pros like keeping our minds and motivations occupied, it is not well-suited for all. But I suppose it has not always been that everyone is willing to live exactly like each. But I am speaking of minorities and majorities here.
The birth of the West started in the East with the Romans. I cannot begin to describe some of the fear I have for human civilization in general because of it’s history. Will we repeat it? Anywho, a longer life gives question to what to do with it. I believe the the age of living the ‘paced routine’ I spoke of earlier is fading. Younger generations don’t want to do that “shit”. Why? Why when the world is smaller? I can see all the places I want. I can have as many relationships as I want, all the tips of my fingers. This extreme is also not in my opinion healthy for a civilization either. The Western World and idealizations are filled with selfishness. There is no good for the commonwealth anymore. None too much that I can see. It is selfish. Perhaps we are reverting back to a sort of primitive based living, all about survival, power, and now, protected from procreation.
Maybe a longer life would chill us out, allowing us to see past our self-serving egos. But maybe without the progression of mankind and active discipline of human nature, a longer life would do nothing elevating. So all in all, I think we’d be the same if we lived longer. Having more years, does not necessarily mean you’ll do good things with them.
In Personality-Shaping Through Positive Disintegration, by Kazimierz Dabrowski, there’s an idea or sentence or page (I can’t remember) that is dedicated to the idea that humans must have one partner. One wife or husband. Because it is a sign of the higher being to be with one. To choose one. To dedicate themselves to one. I unfortunately can’t quote it exactly because I gifted this book years ago and have not since replaced it. This has always stuck with me. I remember it struck me at the time I read it because I think it was recorded in the second half of the book. While I was reading the first half I was like, “yes, yes, yes! This guy is awesome!” Then I came across this and didn’t have an outright opinion about it. It was more like, “Hm, interesting.” But there is something to this. Not obviously just about marriage. But to apply this statement or idea to other parts of the human experience. Positive disintegration… good stuff.
Um what am I talking about? Why did I start this thread? Ah, yes.
In a nutshell, I’m trying to ask and explore with you what human life would be like if we lived much longer. Yes the exaggerated amount of 1500-2000 years. Sorry for all of the other things in here too that may cloud the question.