Should We Live Longer Essay

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I am sure we have all dreamed of ways to live longer, if not forever. But should we find a way to live longer? We do not realize what the consequences of that would be. We already have “7.2607 billion people in the world as of 2014” (http://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=d5bncppjof8f9_&met_y=sp_pop_totl&hl=en&dl=en#!ctype=l&strail=false&bcs=d&nselm=h&met_y=sp_pop_totl&scale_y=lin&ind_y=false&rdim=region&ifdim=region&tdim=true&tstart=-306270000000&tend=1397797200000&hl=en_US&dl=en&ind=false) and that number is only growing, now imagine if people could live longer, or forever, even if it was just a select few that could. Where would that leave the Earth? Our resources would be diminished and crime would increase everywhere. It is important …show more content…
There is also the fact that many jobs are already being replaced by autonomous robots removing the requirement for jobs. The people that are lucky and manage to get jobs will have to work for low wages since there will be a high competition for jobs. This will also result in many people that are already working to be laid off and fired or replaced for maximum profit. Without people being able to work there would be less money for everyone. There would be far too many people in the world to have enough currency to go around. Some suggest we should establish a universal basic income, “A universal basic income (UBI) is a fixed amount, at level sufficient for subsistence, given by the state to all its citizens regardless of income or work” (Luke Kingma) however it would create even more debt than we already have. Due to the lack of money private companies would have to pay their workers, the amount of people that live in poverty would increase dramatically. Since there would not be enough money for everybody people would not be able to afford homes to live in due to the lack of living space. The overpopulation from everybody living longer would make it hard for everybody to have a place to live creating a high demand …show more content…
One of those problems is giving up our freedom in order for us to cope for an environment with a more compact population and for everybody to be safe. “As population densities increase, laws, which serve as a primary social mediator of relations between people, will more frequently regulate interactions between humans and develop a need for more rules and restrictions to regulate these interactions” (http://www.everythingconnects.org/overpopulation-effects.html) you can somewhat see the government of the United States trying to take over with examples such as the Patriot Act that Bush passed through Congress after terrorists bombed the twin towers. You also have many other examples of governments trying to control their governments such as in China and North Korea where they restrict your internet access. “Aldous Huxley predicted in 1958 that democracy is threatened due to overpopulation and could give rise to totalitarian style governments” (http://www.everythingconnects.org/overpopulation-effects.html) although this quote was made in the time of the cold war and probably was made to explain communism it still has some true values. More and more countries seem to be changing to more socialist economies. Such as providing free health care, college, and many other social benefits. With an increase in population there becomes an increased need for homes causing mass amounts of deforestation. “The last

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