There's this YA series of books called The Last Vampire. I loved that series growing up. Hell, I still like reading it from time to time. The main character is a 5000 year old vampire, and she talks about what it's like being immortal. How hard it is developing relationships with humans, and then watching them die or having to leave them before they figure out her secret. I think I would enjoy being an immortal if I could have John with me as an immortal as well, and if at some point, we decided we were tired of living, we could end it. As a vampire, you stay young forever, and your body has increased healing capabilities, so it's much more difficult for you to die from freak accidents. But, it's not impossible. That would be the ideal situation for me.
Some brilliant guy in the workman crew hired to renovate the building decided to open up an active water main in the same room as all our electrical boards, so I haven't had power all day. Gave me time to finish Anne Rice's The Mummy
, though. There is some serious horror going on in that book about immortality. Lots of philosophical monologues about whether immortality is a curse or a blessing.
The problem with the case of immortality seen in The Mummy is that you can't switch it off. As long as you're exposed to sunlight, you regenerate your cells constantly and almost instantly. What's horrific about the immortality in that story is that the individual cells in his body "live" independent of each other. If you chop off his hand, his hand will continue to live, seemingly with a new will of its own, while his body will grow a new hand. Maybe the hand will grow a new body as well, though that doesn't happen in the story.
In the story, Ramses buys a mummified hand and brings it to life with the elixir he used on himself back in the days. The hand starts running around like Thing from The Addams Family and he decides to kill it... except he can't, because it's immortal. He ends up chopping it into little pieces, beating the crap out of it with a lamp and throwing it into the Nile. He then thinks back to his first experiments with the elixir when he was a pharaoh. He used it on some livestock and crops, thinking he'd solve hunger in his country. Unfortunately, as it turns out, you can't eat immortal meat. Yeah, the stuff can't be digested faster than it regenerates. He ended up with a case of horrifying deaths from people growing new crops and livestock in their stomachs. In the end, he has all the animals chopped up into pieces and sunk to the bottom of the Nile. But like he says... they're still alive. Chopped into pieces, but alive and aware. And they have been for 2000 years.
Now that's a crappy way to experience immortality if you ask me. Edited, Jul 3rd 2012 4:18am by Mazra