Originally posted by wolfgang59
I don't subscribe to the view that death gives life meaning.
I think I do. I think the finite opportunity that life offers creates a meaning and significance to each day that immortality would obliterate.
Therefore I reckon starting from scratch at periodic intervals [or being able to] ~ much like reincarnation, I suppose ~ would be a condition or assurance that would be necessary to make it worthwhile to consume the elixir.
However, this would rob me of the unique narrative ~ the collection of memories, interactions etc. ~ that differentiates us all from each other and forms our individuality. This would not be desirable.
If there were some kind of unique soul that created a common thread of some kind through the eternity of fresh starts, it might work.
But, all in all, I think I would turn down the elixir.