Complicated Desires

People often want things that they are unable to have. Someone might aspire to owning a new car, but be unable to afford it. I often wished to be able to fly like Superman, but physics and physiology did not allow it. It is certainly possible to want to live forever even if it is impossible to do so. At the heart of this issue is the topic philosophers call the mind/body problem. If human beings are essentially physical beings then the question of immortality becomes a scientific question, one of mastering the biochemistry of aging. If humans have an immaterial component, which some call soul, then survival of physical death is another issue altogether. So there are really two distinct questions here: whether one should want immortality and whether immortality is possible. As already pointed out, it is possible to genuinely want something which reality conspires not to allow.



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