How would society react if someone was immortal?

How would society react if someone was immortal?
The same person, a normal person, reaching the age of 60, 80, 100, 200... but never ageing.
At what age do you think society would start making a big deal of it?
What kind of big deal would they make?
Refuse to believe it thinking it is a hoax?
Run experiments on him?
Deify him?
Just a news sensation?
Other?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If you were immortal I think the confidence of being immortal would be enough for you to never get caught.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Didn't say it was me, but also confidence comes from power, not just immortality
      If he had super-powers then sure he would be confident, but if not, what makes you think he would be confident?

      https://i.imgur.com/5dfZV5e.jpeg

      You would HAVE to live a fugitive superhero lifestyle. People, especially the rich and powerful would constantly be after you to capture and study you. If they do, you will never see the light of day again.
      You must constantly be on the run.
      You must be able to defend yourself, including against law enforcement and the military.
      You must hide your identity whenever possible.
      You cannot have any relationships, lest they be used against you.
      Your fight will never end, gl hf.

      This sounds easy on paper but on practice it is not
      What are you gonna do for money?
      How can you possibly defend against armed people with guns?
      How can you even hide in the digital age?
      Live like an undocumented illegal immigrant, or live in a 3rd world country?
      Not saying hiding is not possible in theory, but it requires an extreme skillset which our guy doesn't have

      If were immortal like a vampire, you could travel and go by different names, get plastic surgery, and nobody would know.
      If not then some would deny it at first (what, this isn’t in the Bible). But would be captured and experimented on, in the long run.

      https://i.imgur.com/vEcntdP.jpeg

      Honestly, he would probably disappear and they would experiment on him.
      Only way I can see him deified is when he is also capable of supernatural power and can do miracles and in this case, he would probably be the (perhaps unwilling) founder of a new religion.

      Yeah experiments sounds like a grim possibility, though perhaps they wouldn't out of fear
      They don't really know what he is capable of, or who he really is
      Also I don't know if there is a real benefit to experiments. Ageing is caused by telomere shortening, so wow it doesn't happen to this guy, but how or why?
      Cutting him up won't reveal anything, we are still completely clueless why it happens or how the human brain works
      We already have immortal creatures, the lobsters, who repair their telomeres, but we have gained absolutely nothing from studying them

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        lobsters only die from not being able to eat enough food to make bigger and bigger shells right?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Yes, if we could copy the lobsters mechanism to humans, we would become immortal, because we don't have to perpetually grow like lobsters, but no amount of butchering lobsters has revealed its secret to us
          Also even if we knew the secret, applying it to humans through science would involve gene therapy, which is more likely to give you cancer than any benefit
          There is just no benefit to experimenting on the immortal guy

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Also, I think there is a great chance that besides locking him up or experimenting on him they will straight up murder him.
        Humans often want to destroy what they cannot understand.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Honestly, he would probably disappear and they would experiment on him.
    Only way I can see him deified is when he is also capable of supernatural power and can do miracles and in this case, he would probably be the (perhaps unwilling) founder of a new religion.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If were immortal like a vampire, you could travel and go by different names, get plastic surgery, and nobody would know.
    If not then some would deny it at first (what, this isn’t in the Bible). But would be captured and experimented on, in the long run.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      There would be no experimentations.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    first off nice post post number.
    all those are valid reactions to hearing about an immortal person. I think immorality would get so boring that they would inevitably become an adrenaline junkie. we will probably see them try to pull off some crazy stunt trying to push their physical body to the limit.

    although it could be a very funny concept for a comity documentary:

    > The local immortal man
    >keeps claiming he is not immortal
    > everyone keeps insisting he is (like life of brain)
    >???
    >shenanigans

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I don't think immortality is boring
      We are all trapped in an endless cycle of reincarnation anyway, we are all immortal in a sense
      Just our knowledge resets every time
      He could live many productive lives, be a scientist, an artist, a musician, a philosopher, pushing the body to its limit like you said is just one of them
      Also the fact that he has skipped the death reset means he will be extremely good at what he does, because he will add the cumulative experience of all his lives to it, and his never-aging brain means he will always be on peak performance
      Even with no superpowers, given enough time he would reach unparalleled heights in all human disciplines and progress them like never before, catapulting humanity to a golden age

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >given enough time he would reach unparalleled heights in all human disciplines and progress them like never before, catapulting humanity to a golden age

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Even with no superpowers, given enough time he would reach unparalleled heights in all human disciplines and progress them like never before, catapulting humanity to a golden age
        There's rules behind these things, logically it would make sense for something similar to this happening, in practice, it's not quite that simple.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >He could live many productive lives, be a scientist, an artist, a musician, a philosopher
        He could, but it depends on the individual. They may not care about that book stuff, and most people only want to feel that sweet dopamine hit without the specter of death we

        >We are all trapped in an endless cycle of reincarnation anyway, we are all immortal in a sense Just our knowledge resets every time
        Don't forget that our bodies return to ash and dust...so we lose our bodies and as well as our knowledge. "We" may be in an atomic sense with the conservation of mass but would you claim that a small part of you being in a much bigger thing would make the bigger thing all you? sorry if that sounds confusing but reincarnation arguments cant go anywhere.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >I don't think immortality is boring
        doing and seeing the same thing over and over again will get boring no matter what you choose to distract yourself. we are assuming this guy has a normal human attention span witch has been declining for years now.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          If you get rich enough, you could alter your brain so that it doesn’t get bored.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          it only gets boring because you become progressively worse as you deteriorate
          if you kept getting better at it, then it would be really exiting and you would dream of attaining superhuman levels one day

          I think I understand what some anons are saying when it comes to one immortal person, place more than one and you can't do half of the positive things you're imagining. I'm not even immortal or anything, but if you were to think about a group of people who were, you'd realize that it would just be an endless power struggle between them and about who gets to rule.

          don't think so
          power over mortal humans is irrelevant
          do humans lord over each other who controls more sheep?
          an immortal already possesses that which no amount of human wealth or power could ever buy
          he gets to "lord over everyone" without needing to flaunt his lambo and his rollex and without needing people to bow to him
          he laughs at rich people in their yachts and secret societies battling for power because he knows in a few decades they will be dead and all of this irrelevant
          his only quest would be improving himself more and more and maybe attain godhood one day
          and having fun of course
          wealth, power and all the like are just superficial mechanisms of coping with the inevitable death
          distractions to keep your impending doom from crushing your spirit
          an immortal has no need of such things, maybe that is why he would make a great ruler if the people forced him
          maybe the god-emperor of mankind route is inevitable after all

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >it only gets boring because you become progressively worse as you deteriorate
            if you kept getting better at it, then it would be really exiting and you would dream of attaining superhuman levels one day

            immortality means he lives forever it does not equate to the power to have infinite knowledge or to be capable of superhuman feats. But you don't seem to get it do you, for am immortal becoming a "god"/ The best at everything is such a short-term goal for someone who now has to think on a galactic time scale. let's say you become the peek of humanity ala "E.V.O: The 4.6 Billion Year Journey" Congratulations!! the unfortunate fact is there is a finite amount of things to understand and eventually you will run out of stuff to consume. What ONE movie over and over and over again you will start to feel that want to move on to something else. but on the finite earth, there is nothing else to switch to...immortality will inevitably led to apathy and despair.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            No the goal is to use your knowledge to propel science and ultimately conquer the stars
            >there is a finite amount of things to understand and eventually you will run out of stuff to consume.
            Literally just consooming media can last forever, since more is produced than you can watch
            Add to that the infinite books that exist...
            Listening to music...
            Playing video games...
            Mastering one discipline e.g. astrophysics can take a lifetime
            Mastering a whole domain, like physics in general will take thousands of years
            And how many there are...
            And they keep advancing...
            And you will keep advancing them when you master them

            Creative disciplines like art and music literally have no ceiling
            You can just keep getting better and better
            Sports...
            It takes a lifetime to master even 1 sport and there are numerous
            Improving the body has no limit if you are immortal and stuck always on peak performance - growth

            Our current understanding of the universe is that of ants
            We can only perceive 6% of it, the rest of it we can't even perceive we just call it dark energy and dark matter because we know it is there we just can't measure or perceive it
            And of that 6% we can perceive we don't understand even a fraction of it

            There is plenty of stuff to do for millions and millions of years, before even considering exploring the universe

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    By doing everything to pretend you aren't alive. Switching nations, communities, not getting attached with anyone or anything. Ideally live completely isolated from people, it would be the easiest thing to do. New identities could probably also help but it would probably be a chore making up new people and acting accordingly.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Sounds exactly like reincarnation except skipping the vegana sequence
      If you're immortal why not just become a godking, set yourself up as a pharaoh...

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I think I understand what some anons are saying when it comes to one immortal person, place more than one and you can't do half of the positive things you're imagining. I'm not even immortal or anything, but if you were to think about a group of people who were, you'd realize that it would just be an endless power struggle between them and about who gets to rule.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    they'd have to hide it to not get forcibly experimented on

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