Ah, well there you go. I never really got into Atlantis. SG1 jumped the shark for me when MacGyver was frozen.
Logan's Run, Star Trek, The Island, SG, Ilium/Olympos - all seem to agree that being old is bad. Who'd be around to teach the young ones the art of the finger-pulling-magic-fart trick? How poorer their lives would be :(
Perhaps by then, we are merged into cyborgs Or perhaps humans are extinct and computers have found a way to replicate themselves out of basic stuff like sand, some metalminerals, etc. They would live for a very long time, for no reason at all.
Old folks are just a drag on society. Putting up with them with about 25 years after retirement is generous enough. Making this 925 years would be insane. They are a major source of income for the medical profession now.
I would hope if life span were 1000 years then the retirement age would be something like 950. That also means all you young folks would never get jobs because there were so many old people still working.
It would also mean mankind would have to populate other planets so there would be enough room to hold all those people. Earth of already overpopulated, what would it be like if the life span were doubled or trippled?
That also means all you young folks would never get jobs because there were so many old people still working.
If the retirement age was 950, then you would also be part of the "young folks". They would say: "Pfff, he only got gray hair like a couple of decades ago.. he's almost an infant."
Earth of already overpopulated, what would it be like if the life span were doubled or trippled?
My guess would be that there would have to be severe population control, i.e., the number of children would have to limited severely (and I can't imagine how you would have to go about doing that, like sterilizing most people and stuff like that). That's the sad part of this "living 1000 years" thing, is that there won't be much children around, and not many people "allowed" to have children either. That would take away one major factor of purpose and fulfillment, not to mention that it would be boring if only adults existed (would we still have amuzement parks, and stuff?).
I've been retired since 2008. I saved for my retirement by paying into
company pension plan
Canada Pension Plan
RRSP (registered retirement saving plan)
I am not a drain on society. I paid taxes all of my working life. And now I continue to support the economy by spending my retirement income. I drive much less (now that I no longer commute) so my carbon footprint is much smaller and I am a regular contributor on daniweb and on several other forums. So all in all I consider your "drag on society" and "putting up with" comments more than just a little insulting and insensitive.
As for the "major source of income for the medical profession" comment - I used the Canadian medical system very little until I reached retirement. I had major surgery in 1978 after a skiing accident then not much else other than the occasional bout of whatever until 2009 when I got thyroid cancer. I paid into medical insurance via income and other taxes for 40+ years so if you are one of those people who believes the system should now abandon me because I am a "drag on society" then you can kiss my a$$.