wanna live forever?
June 23, 2004 11:40 AM   Subscribe

fable of the dragon-tyrant 'an actual fable with an actual moral.'
posted by leotrotsky (7 comments total)

and while we're at it, a couple of blogs shanghai-ed from the Glenn Reynolds article: fightaging and futurepundit. So, are we hearing all about this because the technology is getting closer, or because the baby-boomers are getting the first glimpses of their own mortality?
posted by leotrotsky at 11:45 AM on June 23, 2004

Well, that was fifteen minutes of my life I'll never get back again...
posted by andycoan at 12:02 PM on June 23, 2004

You know I'm born to lose
and gamblin's for fools
But that's the way I like it baby
I don't want to live forever
posted by mr_crash_davis at 2:05 PM on June 23, 2004

Didn't expect to see this here. Seen his simulation argument?
posted by ed\26h at 2:55 PM on June 23, 2004

Well, that was fifteen minutes of my life I'll never get back again...

Yes, and masturbating for you is 30 seconds of your life you'll never get back. What's your point?

I think there's a particular strength to this parable concerning quality of life. The rather ham-handed application of it to aging is a bit off-putting, however, when there are so many other dragons that threaten the quality of the lives that we hold dear, and yet we accept them with resolute calm. How many times must we just swallow the idea that "war is hell", or that poverty is too big a problem to deal with. The list goes on from there, but the strength of this story is to shine a little light on the huge lengths that humans will go to simply to accommodate a horrible circumstance.

ed/26h, got a link? I'd like to see it.
posted by Wulfgar! at 3:08 PM on June 23, 2004

Wulgar: Here.

A while ago, a friend and I had the idea of sending Bostom’s CV in to apply for certain menial jobs. McDonald’s worker, cleaner etc. Amused us at the time. Still does.
posted by ed\26h at 3:16 PM on June 23, 2004

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