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(CBS News)   Can you really live to be 100? More to the point: Do you really WANT to live to 100?   (cbsnews.com) divider line 109
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2013-09-18 11:33:53 AM
Grandfather turns 99 in January....His one sister lived to 104 and his other sister is about to turn 90. Gramps only takes vitamins, has no problems getting around and was driving up till last month. I think of everything he has seen since being born in Scranton PA in 1915....from oil lamps to electricity, horse & carriages to cars....computers, etc.
 
2013-09-18 11:37:44 AM
Yeah, why not? I'd like to live to be a thousand, or ten thousand, or a billion, if science could guarantee me a healthy body and mind for that long.
 
2013-09-18 11:39:14 AM
I very much doubt it, but if I could (with some degree of health) I'd live to be 1,000.  I don't really feel like shutting down.
 
2013-09-18 11:44:59 AM
Yeah I'd love to go the distance, it just keeps getting better and better.
 
2013-09-18 11:52:53 AM
I wanna be this guy when I grow up.
 
2013-09-18 12:01:16 PM
I want to be Lazarus Long.
 
2013-09-18 12:55:31 PM
I'm 53 and not really sure 54 is going to be worth sticking around for.
 
2013-09-18 12:56:44 PM
Not only no, but HELL no!  If we start living until we are 100, then we will have to work until we are 85.  Why would I want to work longer, probably for less money just to live when it hurts to pee?
 
2013-09-18 12:57:24 PM
Anyone who would want to live to be 100 is crazy.
 
2013-09-18 12:58:08 PM
Yes.

Yes.

/Next?
 
2013-09-18 12:58:08 PM
I bet I would last longer in the sack.
 
2013-09-18 12:58:40 PM
When I die, I hope I owe a lot of people money.
 
2013-09-18 12:59:46 PM

Crewmannumber6: I'm 53 and not really sure 54 is going to be worth sticking around for.


Same rule applies as did your 30s... pick up a new hobby and keep yourself entertained.
 
2013-09-18 12:59:57 PM
"CAN" you live to be 100?

Considering that I was at my Great Grandmothers 100th birthday, yes, I'd have to say its possible.
 
2013-09-18 01:00:03 PM
"I plan to live forever, of course, but barring that I'd settle for a couple thousand years. Even five hundred would be pretty nice."
--Nwabudike Morgan, CEO

Now someone will have to re-install it.
 
2013-09-18 01:01:09 PM
If I had great health and my mind stayed sharp sure. But I sure as hell dont want to rot away in a nursing home and neither do my parents. Told em I would smother them if it came to that, mom hit me. To the home for her!!
 
2013-09-18 01:02:00 PM
I want to live to 100. I want to be a burden on society. Screw society. It's full of annoying people.

Provided I am not a burden on me and my relatives. I've seen how people talk about you and treat you when you are supposedly out of it. They start talking about you as if you weren't there or were a small child who wouldn't understand. Even the people who love you most and who really break their backs caring for you. I don't want to be that guy, but still, what's wrong with being super-old? It's not like I can't make new friends as good as the old friends.

I always say I plan to live to 100 and then decide whether to go on from there.

Already my body betrays me with aches and embarrassing minor ailments and changes. Probably I will settle for not living to 100 or I will be hit by a car, most likely crossing on the crosswalk with the light in my favour. It's safer to jaywalk judiciously than it is to trust drivers and bicyclists.
 
2013-09-18 01:02:12 PM
HELL no.  Each year is only eased by the knowledge that it's going to end someday.
 
2013-09-18 01:02:19 PM
My dad has an aunt that will be 102 this year.  She says she worst thing about being that old is that she's outlived most of the people she loves, including 2 of her 3 children.  I think that would be awful.  So, yeah, I don't want do that.

I also don't have a very good sense of self-preservation, so I might be lucky to make it to 80.  Hell, 60.
 
2013-09-18 01:02:52 PM
It has its drawbacks.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-09-18 01:04:13 PM
I have 63 more years to go until then.  I'm not sure there will anybody left to offend by then so I doubt it
 
2013-09-18 01:05:49 PM

Kuroshin: HELL no.  Each year is only eased by the knowledge that it's going to end someday.


Do you need a hug?
 
2013-09-18 01:05:58 PM
If I could live forever, then I know at some point, I will get so tired of the fark politics tab that I would just shoot myself provided that guns were still legal.
 
2013-09-18 01:06:39 PM
Could they just put my brain in a robot body? That would be cool.
 
2013-09-18 01:07:21 PM

Ennuipoet: Not only no, but HELL no!  If we start living until we are 100, then we will have to work until we are 85.  Why would I want to work longer, probably for less money just to live when it hurts to pee?


It all depends on quality of life etc. Working to age 85 may not be bad if yo like your work.. Think of the variety of careers and education you could squeeze into 85 years. You could through those 85 years be an architect/urban planner/Marine biologist/bra salesman/latext importer-exporter/work for the New York Yankees.

Longer working ages maybe necessary if the decreasing fertility rates in developed countries continues

As long as I was capable of independent living I would not mind it.
 
2013-09-18 01:08:42 PM
Death is for quitters.
 
2013-09-18 01:09:32 PM
I don't think human beings should really live beyond 40-45. By that time, they should have had children and those children should be old enough to fend for themselves. By the time a person is over the age of 45 they are really nothing more than a burden to society.
 
2013-09-18 01:10:11 PM
As long as I don't outlive my children. I had them at 28 and 30, so they need to make it to at least their 70s for me.
 
2013-09-18 01:10:53 PM

URAPNIS: I don't think human beings should really live beyond 40-45. By that time, they should have had children and those children should be old enough to fend for themselves. By the time a person is over the age of 45 they are really nothing more than a burden to society.


I completely agree. I'm in my mid 40s and most of the people I know who are my age are just coasting until retirement.
 
2013-09-18 01:12:01 PM
My grandma just turned 90 and the other 80, so I have a good chance at living to be at least that old. My 90 year old grandma sits around all day crafting, reading, and drinking heavily. I could handle that I think.

My husband's grandparents didn't live past 65 and his dad in his 40s sometime (but his death was self-inflicted). I will be devastated if I have to spend old age without him, but it is a good possibility.
 
2013-09-18 01:12:52 PM
fark immortality.

There are enough assholes to worry about in the world much less worry about the fact that they'll be around forever. Grow old and die with some dignity like every other stupid human in history, gramps.
 
2013-09-18 01:14:00 PM
Once we're space faring and can construct artificial planets and such, sure.
 
2013-09-18 01:15:15 PM
Alcohol is a preservative so I should make it.
 
2013-09-18 01:15:52 PM
Depends
 
2013-09-18 01:16:04 PM
No one lives forever, no one. But with advances in modern science and my high level income, it's not crazy to think I can live to be 245, maybe 300. Heck, I just read in the newspaper that they put a pig heart in some guy from Russia. Do you know what that means?
 
2013-09-18 01:17:01 PM

URAPNIS: I don't think human beings should really live beyond 40-45. By that time, they should have had children and those children should be old enough to fend for themselves. By the time a person is over the age of 45 they are really nothing more than a burden to society.


Agrees (initially):

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2013-09-18 01:17:52 PM
The problem is the meat attached and bones doesn't cooperate. And Alzheimer's or organic brain disease is just heinous.

Life is an invariably fatal condition. As soon as people realize this, their life becomes easier. Just keep your affairs in order so your family doesn't have to deal with the aftermath.
 
2013-09-18 01:19:21 PM
Existing =/= living.  So no.  I watched my father and mother enter their 'golden years'.  Dad died a couple years ago at 85, but the last 7 (or so) of his years consisted of me driving him to one 'appointment' or another.  That's not a life.  It's an existence.  Now we're going through the same sequence with mom.

Obviously everybody's opinion will differ, but if I make it into my 70's I'm cool with that.
 
2013-09-18 01:19:44 PM

Spanky3woods: No one lives forever, no one. But with advances in modern science and my high level income, it's not crazy to think I can live to be 245, maybe 300. Heck, I just read in the newspaper that they put a pig heart in some guy from Russia. Do you know what that means?


That bacon prices will drop? Yay, the future!
 
2013-09-18 01:21:13 PM

AllYourFarkAreBelongToMe: Existing =/= living.  So no.  I watched my father and mother enter their 'golden years'.  Dad died a couple years ago at 85, but the last 7 (or so) of his years consisted of me driving him to one 'appointment' or another.  That's not a life.  It's an existence.  Now we're going through the same sequence with mom.

Obviously everybody's opinion will differ, but if I make it into my 70's I'm cool with that.


I'm 56
 
2013-09-18 01:22:27 PM
Yeah, no farking way I want to live to be 100. My grandma is close to that age. She watched two husbands, some of her children, all of her friends die off. She refuses to go to any more funerals "other than her own" as she says often. All she wants to do is die, but she's too afraid to. Fark that. People that say that they want to live forever are assuming that if they live a good long life, then everyone they love will too.

Spanky3woods: No one lives forever, no one. But with advances in modern science and my high level income, it's not crazy to think I can live to be 245, maybe 300. Heck, I just read in the newspaper that they put a pig heart in some guy from Russia. Do you know what that means?


A pig heart is going to become accustomed to vodka?
 
2013-09-18 01:22:58 PM
Not only do I want to live to 100, I want to yell at clouds with a megaphone, and protect my lawn with a Terminator.
 
2013-09-18 01:24:09 PM
I doubt that I'll be worth shiat, health-wise, if I make it that long. If I'm not, and I do, I'll probably have to off myself. :/

I'll start living more stupid and more dangerously in my 60s and/or 70s to increase my odds of getting croaked without having to do it myself.
 
2013-09-18 01:24:30 PM

pkellmey: Spanky3woods: No one lives forever, no one. But with advances in modern science and my high level income, it's not crazy to think I can live to be 245, maybe 300. Heck, I just read in the newspaper that they put a pig heart in some guy from Russia. Do you know what that means?

That bacon prices will drop? Yay, the future!


He wants to be a cop now?
 
2013-09-18 01:25:21 PM

Spanky3woods: No one lives forever, no one. But with advances in modern science and my high level income, it's not crazy to think I can live to be 245, maybe 300. Heck, I just read in the newspaper that they put a pig heart in some guy from Russia. Do you know what that means?


Experimental pig men are real!
 
2013-09-18 01:25:56 PM
i1.ytimg.com

What a time to be alive.
 
2013-09-18 01:27:38 PM
Nope. Looking at family histories, it's pretty likely I outlive my wife. If that happens, I'm going to spend the rest of my money as stupidly as I can. Think Bender if he was an old man instead of a robot. I figure that should wind up killing me pretty quickly. If that doesn't happen, then I probably didn't make it to 100, so the question is pointless.

Point is, I want to go out in the loving arms of my wife or while jet-skiing on heroin. Either way, I'm not making it to 100.
 
2013-09-18 01:29:10 PM
I want to celebrate my 100th birthday by being in a 4 some with a 70yo, a 50 yo and a 30 yo.
 
2013-09-18 01:30:46 PM
I only want to live as long as I can have a satisfying and fulfilling sex life. Once that's no longer possible, even with viagra, there's nothing else to look forward to on a daily basis, so fark it all. Game over.
 
2013-09-18 01:31:26 PM
thurstonxhowell: Point is, I want to go out in the loving arms of my wife or while jet-skiing on heroin. Either way, I'm not making it to 100.

Amen.

/not married
 
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