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If our average lifespan was 500 years.

How would it affect our views on risk, danger and death.

When an 18 to 20 something man or woman enlists in the military now, how much thought is given to the possibility of early death and would the weight of that measure be different given the possibility of 500 years of life? Would people be more cautious in their driving habits so as to ensure they got all 5 centuries to which they were entitled? Would all of the firefighters and police be over 400 because they didn't want to take the early risk?

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That would represent a shitload of TP, Tampax and condoms
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I've given it a bit of thought and gave come up with the idea that if my lifespan was 500 years that I would be about one bulletproof bastard!

Simply put I believe that I would be able to do all kinds of silly shit well into my 400th year.
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Nah, just because people live longer does not mean they are smarter. Teenagers will still go wrap themselves around lamp post with Dad's Porsche, type A personality still thinks jumping off a bridge in WVA is thrilling.

Then you have those who can't die quick enough.

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This has been explored in science fiction. Driving speed limits would be 10 miles an hour, enforced with the death penalty. The risk to others would be too great, and why be in a hurry? Your pay would be almost directly related to risk, with office workers (even VP's) basically making nothing and firemen, construction workers, police making big bucks.

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Nah, just because people live longer does not mean they are smarter. Teenagers will still go wrap themselves around lamp post with Dad's Porsche, type A personality still thinks jumping off a bridge in WVA is thrilling.

Then you have those who can't die quick enough.
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This has been explored in science fiction. Driving speed limits would be 10 miles an hour, enforced with the death penalty. The risk to others would be too great, and why be in a hurry? Your pay would be almost directly related to risk, with office workers (even VP's) basically making nothing and firemen, construction workers, police making big bucks.
Assuming a 500 year average life, the physicality of our bodies would need to change in a way that degeneration would be greatly slowed. A hundred years of childhood along with another century of old age would be almost impossible for a society to handle. If the beginning and end of life could be managed so that they were maintained as they currently are, it would be adulthood which would be extended. Would an adult in their 1st century accept orders from Sarge to conduct a house to house search in some future conflict knowing that death (and the loss of 400 years of life) could come at any second?

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