In thinking about forever there is much to consider. Is it what we're destined for or were we made "for such a time as this"? There is so much unexplored territory that immortality encounters and I don't think humans could ever mentally grasp all it's complexities. Life is a beautiful thing to be cherished but death gives our lives meaning, value, and a motivation to be productive and go out, fulfilling whatever it is we would like to do or see on this earth. Forever is going to take trial and error to become a flawless way of life. What if at first not all people have the ability to become immortal? This would be devastating to those who have already taken the step towards forever now having to watch as loved ones age and fade away. Of course this could potentially never become a situation but the fact of the matter is there's still so much uncertainty in the realm of eternity and how it will effect humanity. Do we really want to live forever or will we want to revert back to the life that is only temporary. Life is certainly not expendable but in the current worldly conditions we have been provided, by either God or natural occurrence, are we equipped, intrinsically to sustain forever? Our mental processes can only withstand so much in a lifetime but when the lifetime becomes an eternity will we be able to function as productive citizens? We may become engulfed by the idea of forever, consumed in the reality of its possibility, but we must remain vigilant in fact, stringent in who we allow power to enforce these weighted decisions, and grounded in our individual beliefs and moral codes. If all these things can be upheld I believe a shot at forever could be productive and enlightening. If these things are abandoned, the evil, brutality, and shortcomings of the world currently in play could just be magnified. Eternal life is usually spoken of as being fulfilled in an alternate realm after physical death and that is not parallel to a life forever on earth as we know it now. Gilgamesh was lost in his identity and to fulfill his hunger for power and access the key that would make him whole he sought immortality and came to realize that it was not the answer. The quest ended and his focus shifted. The soldiers in The Yellow Birds lived in a reality where every day felt like an eternity in a microcosm filled with fear and anxiety at all hours, in all places. Freud in order to be happy believes we would have to revert to our basic instinct and if we did in fact turn back to being primal beings we would live in a destructive eternity, both physically and emotionally. Kafka would not be able to endure an eternal life based on the relationship with his father and the way it altered his entire world for the worst. His internal battles are ones that would take long to mend and he might not want to spend his eternity trying to fix himself. The Daodezing of Laozi would disapprove as the wholeness and peace would be compromised by the many advancements necessary for forever. The lifestyle forever would predictably produce would not be one in harmony with the ways of the Dao. It is apparent that there are many different takes and explanations both for and against immortality as the ultimate way the world turns. It is an issue of personal desire and belief but people need to begin preparing their stance because the arguments will likely begin sooner than we think. Eternity doesn't necessarily equate happiness.