If you were immortal, how would you change the world?

Discuss the February 2017 Book of the Month, The Diary of an Immortal by David J Castello.
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If you were immortal, how would you change the world?

Post by AmeliaLovesBooks » 01 Feb 2017, 23:06

The idea of indefinite life is enough to make the mind spin with ideas, plans, and ambitions. Consider that most of the people we know to be cornerstones in society (past and present), don't live long enough to make the world a better place and even if they do, those changes are often short-lived. But to be an immortal? Changing the world might be just another Monday. What would you do to change the world?

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Post by Wasif Ahmed » 02 Feb 2017, 02:38

AmeliaLovesBooks wrote:The idea of indefinite life is enough to make the mind spin with ideas, plans, and ambitions. Consider that most of the people we know to be cornerstones in society (past and present), don't live long enough to make the world a better place and even if they do, those changes are often short-lived. But to be an immortal? Changing the world might be just another Monday. What would you do to change the world?
I don't think I will be able to change the world even if I was immortal. I could probably guide people with my years of experience.
When people say you've changed, it just means that you have stopped living your life, their way.

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Post by Swara Sangeet » 02 Feb 2017, 04:06

I hope to write books which encourage people to achieve their goals. I'd also wish to become a motivational speaker to inspire many.

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Post by hsimone » 02 Feb 2017, 06:54

I would like to volunteer more of my time to those in need (orphanage, nursing homes, etc.). There wouldn't be an excuse to not help out. I would also consider setting aside money on a weekly/bi-weekly basis and donate it to either organizations in need or giving some to the homeless.

Being immortal would allow me to have more time and resources that I would hope to help as many people out there as I can.

Also, I like what Swara Sangeet has said - perhaps being a motivational speaker and/or author to help others achieve their goals because presumably I would have so much experience that I could lend the world.

Good question!
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Post by Julie Ditton » 02 Feb 2017, 07:27

I would have plenty of time to slowly write. I would try to write books that make people think. Hopefully I would inspire my readers to be better people. I can't remember which tv character it was,a Q or a Time Lord, but it turned out that the person we Davinchi and other historical greats.
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Post by gali » 03 Feb 2017, 12:49

I don't think I will be able to change the world either, but I will try to contribute and help those in need by volunteering and so on.
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Post by MarisaRose » 03 Feb 2017, 13:07

I agree with what others have stated above, that I would not be able to change the world. If anything, I think given the extremely long life, if anything, I would get rather bothered by all the bad in the world and I think I would give up on trying to make a difference.
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Post by Gravy » 05 Feb 2017, 03:33

Forgive me, I'm going to go the geek route here...
I'd become a superhero! *Strikes a superhero pose*

But, to be a bit more serious about my geeky answer, one good deed can change someone's life, and one person's life can effect the world, even if it's not noticeable to history.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.


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Post by Wasif Ahmed » 05 Feb 2017, 19:27

Gravy wrote:Forgive me, I'm going to go the geek route here...
I'd become a superhero! *Strikes a superhero pose*

But, to be a bit more serious about my geeky answer, one good deed can change someone's life, and one person's life can effect the world, even if it's not noticeable to history.
Yes. I would not be able to change the world but I will definitely do small tasks to help people. ?
When people say you've changed, it just means that you have stopped living your life, their way.

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Post by Guppy » 06 Feb 2017, 05:21

I would change the world by encouraging people to be kinder to each other. With the infinite time scale of immortality even a small change could have a huge influence on the world.

Though my second choice would be to become a crime fighting superhero vigilante like the Green Arrow :D

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Post by AmeliaLovesBooks » 06 Feb 2017, 22:38

Wasif Ahmed wrote:
AmeliaLovesBooks wrote:The idea of indefinite life is enough to make the mind spin with ideas, plans, and ambitions. Consider that most of the people we know to be cornerstones in society (past and present), don't live long enough to make the world a better place and even if they do, those changes are often short-lived. But to be an immortal? Changing the world might be just another Monday. What would you do to change the world?
I don't think I will be able to change the world even if I was immortal. I could probably guide people with my years of experience.
Most people who set out to "change" the world, know that their efforts may be in vain. But as you say to "guide people with my years of experience." Even that may be enough to start plenty of chains toward a better society. Maybe I'm too optimistic....just a thought.

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Post by TangledinText » 10 Feb 2017, 16:56

You could record mistakes and plan and set up for them to not occur again. Prepare knowing the past from generations before you and there should never be an unexpected.

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Post by David Nash » 11 Feb 2017, 15:36

I'm not sure you could change the world as an immortal. To effect major change you usually need wealth and power. However if you acquire too much of it, you would immediately be revealed and probably hunted. If you stay quiet in the background you stand a much better chance of not spending eternity as a lab test. I might try becoming some sort of conservationist setting aside land and preserving rare and endangered species.

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Post by EmperorOfBooks » 14 Feb 2017, 18:29

Well, for starters, I don't think I'd reveal to anyone that I was immortal, the reason being I AM NOT going to become a lab rat for the rest of eternity. Second of all, I'm pretty sure my attempts at changing the world wouldn't get me anywhere, unless I had other people willing to help me make a change.

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Post by CatInTheHat » 15 Feb 2017, 21:06

I would work to spread love and kindness across the artificial boundaries that we humans tend to put up.
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