#172: What If Our Lives Were Reversed?
Friday, December 18, 2009
I read in a book today an interesting mental challenge:
What if we lived our lives in reverse of the way we now live them?
That is, living our lives backwards. We start out dead then wake up in old age and feel better every day. With every year that passes we get more hair, more good looking, stronger and, best of all, we keep getting younger, finally ending life as a, hopefully, blessed union between two loving people.
Sure, this concept has many problems with it but for a stimulating mental exercise it is intriguing. Every year, for most people, less pain, more vitality, the wisdom of all that has been learned in our lifetimes, wisdom that may be used to solve medical and environmental problems.
For society, fewer medical costs, on average, as people de-age, Social Security and Medicare costs fronted early on then decreasing as people get younger.
I admit I find the possibility of having an in-depth discussion of this idea extremely fascinating even though the probabilities will lead to fantasy answers because such a concept could ever be implemented.
Still, interesting anyway as a way to get the mind's gears working.
What do you think? If you could, would you want to live your life in reverse? What advantages and disadvantages do you perceive in such a situation?