Time: 10 minutes
Prompt: They too will stop caring
Sources: Seth Moore
They too will stop caring when they discover that they cannot die. Of course they won't stop caring all at once. First they will be thrilled. They will be ecstatic. They will celebrate for many days. Their festivities will be joyous and full of love and full of thoughts of their long, bright future. They will make plans and lay the intellectual groundwork for a vast and prosperous society, one that will succeed where others have failed because everyone in it will live to see the eventual outcomes. Rather than creating a better world for their children, they will be creating a better world for themselves. They will continue thus for a time, but subtle changes to the tenor of their interactions will already be seen within the first weeks following the discovery. Whereas they had begun by buying drinks and meals for one another and relishing the love of their mates, they will start to hoard their money and possessions, sharing less, protecting themselves more. They will look more frequently, with lust, at the mates of their neighbors, beginning to imagine how long they have to live and beginning to wonder whether they might soon tire of their own mates. When funds begin to dwindle and food and drink grow scarce, they will grudgingly return to their work. But they will think not of the infinite time and opportunities before them, but rather of the infinite tedium of their occupations, of how discontent they had always been and of how miserable they will always be. Their immortality will stretch on before them as ours does before use, but they, like us, will soon stop caring. Absence of death will just become another part of life.
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