In my 8th grade classes, we are reading the novel Tuck Everlasting. One of the subjects of the book is immortality. I've thought about it and decided that I would not want to live forever. When I asked the students this, I was surprised to learn that many of them said the same. I figured most of them would say they wanted to live forever, but that wasn't the case.
Perhaps they realize what bad shape this world is in. Perhaps they know and understand that society is only getting worse as time passes. Maybe I don't give them enough credit in their thinking.
One of my colleagues who teaches next door to me just had a baby about eight or nine weeks ago. I have often thought to myself how I'm pretty sure I would NOT be able to bring a baby into this fallen world we live in at the present. Not only because of my age, but because I don't believe this is a world to raise an infant in well into adulthood. Call me a cynic. Call me Debbie Downer. I'm just being realistic. I know, our parents probably said the very same thing, but I'm convinced. Today's world is where many thought it never would be. I know how tough it is to raise three teenagers right now, let alone a nine week old. Ah, alas, who doesn't love that newborn baby smell and touch? I do. But there would never be a baby on my radar if my baby factory wasn't shut down. Not to worry. It is shut down. Thank you, God.
So, would you want to live forever if given the chance? Why or why not?