ImmortalityPlease explain what immortaility means to you?    

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ajacks eNotes educator| Certified Educator
For me, immortality means living on in the hearts and minds of people after you have died. I’m not talking about the “soul” or anything related to religion, but being remembered. It doesn’t have to mean that you’re famous, but if just one person in the world, at any time, can remember who you were or what you did, then you are immortal. Being a writer, being immortal means that people will always be reading my work, and I’ll live on through them. For a painter, sculptor, musician, or any kind of artist, when someone sees or listens to your work and knows you did it, then you are immortal. When a time comes that you’re no longer remembered, or your work no longer exists, then you cease to exist.
readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Such a question will produce many different types of answer. For example, if you asked Augustus the Roman Emperor this question, he would probably speak of everlasting fame. If you asked a poet, like Horace or Ovid, they would probably say to have their poems read for centuries on end. If you asked a religious person, they would probably give an answer that speaks of eternal life in heaven. If you asked a person from a warrior culture, they would probably say to die in battle and live on in the memories of people as a great warrior, such as Achilles in Homer's Iliad. In the end, there will be many different kinds of answer.

scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Immortality to me means that someone does not die.  I don't equate it with a spiritual afterlife because in most religions and belief systems, a human has to die physically first and then moves on to the afterlife.

However, immortality could mean that a part of someone or something does not die.  Thus, if one believes that a soul lives through and after physical death, that soul is immortal (it always existed and always will).

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If we look at the literal translation of the word parts, we have:

im-meaning not

mort-meaning death

So immortality is literally something or someone who does not die. I truly enjoyed reading the post that discussed what various people would consider "death" or "not death".

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What does immortality mean to me? The answer is simple: living forever. I would not want to be immortal unless along with it came eternal youthfulness. It would be horrible to be old and frail and never face death.

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that Immortality typically means living forever. I find several of the above posts interesting. I tend to agree with post # 7 about the fact that afterlife in most religions is not considered immortality.

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ericwong | Student

Hi, I see "Immortality" in form of energy whether the body or soul.  As Newton Law said, "energy cannot be created and cannot be destroyed".  It is only changing in form, for example the light buld; the electric energy change to heat energy then light energy.  Lastly the heat energy and light energy are change to other form in the atmosphere, it will continue and never end.

dbrinkley | Student

Your comments prompted me to consider that if I have lived do I ever really die? Physically my state may change but my influence, either positive or negative, continues in others. "Life" is usually defined by most as the years between birth and death but if you alter the definition to include my effect on others then immortality is a part of living. Just food for thought.

nerdo | Student

if u ask our personal point of view then i believe that immortality is anything not human or is going against nature. Technically not the vampire wearwolve thing just something that exists which shld not exist.

mkcapen1 | Student

Immortality is the ability to continue one's existence either spiritually after death or never experiencing death.  How one perceives immortality is relative to his/her spiritual beliefs.  Different religions have different views of immortality.

The Hindu's view immortality as a punishment.  They believe in reincarnation.  Buddhists also see immortality as being a bad thing.

For Muslims immortality of the soul is believed.

In Christianity immortality exists after death if one is a follower of Christ.

With the recent re-emergence of books and movies about vampires we are beginning to take another look at immortality as it is a theme through-out the stories.  Vampires are said to be immortal because although they physically die, they are left to roam the earth forever.

In my own opinion I do not believe in immortality.  Bodies are physical forms that grow old, wither and die.  An entry in the spiritual world following my death means that the living organism that I once occupied no longer exists. Since I equate immortality with the endless of the flesh self, I do not believe in immortality.


mamalion7 | Student

So this is who i am, and this is all i know, and i must choose to live, for all that i can give, the spark that makes the power grow.

And i will stand for my dream if i can, symbol of my faith in who i am, but you are my only.

And i must follow on the road that lies ahead, and i won't let my heart control my head, but you are my only.

We don't say goodbye, we don't say goodbye, and i know what I've got to be.

Immortality, i make my journey through eternity. I keep the memory of you and me inside.

Fulfillyour destiny, is there within the child? My storm will never ends. My fate is on the wind. The king of hearts, the joker's wild.

But we don't say goodbye, we don't say goodbye, I'll make them all remember me.

Because i have found a dream that must come true. Every ounce of me must see it through, you are my only.

I'm sorry i don't have a role for love to play. Hand over my heart i'll find my way, i will make them give to me..

Immortality, oh, baby! There is a vision and a fire in me, oh, I keep the memory of you and me, inside.

We don't say goodbye, we never say goodbye, with all my love for you, and what else we may do?.. We'll never say goodbye.. Please meet me halfway, i am your angel, and you are mine.

No matter what i do, oh, baby, my heart is filled with you. You got me.