Would you be a "Highlander"?

Brian G Turner

Fantasist & Futurist
Staff member
Nov 23, 2002
Thinking especially on the first film - which was a classic - how does the thought of living forever sound?

I'm sure there's a necessary appeal in eternal life - but the film nicely touched upon the emotional strains of living beyond your loved ones.

But does anybody here actually think they could cope with that? Or does having to prance around with a fancy sword sound just like too much like a male hormone run? :)

Would immortality be boring?

And did anyone ever watch the series?
First - loved the series (especially Adrian Paul ;D), loved the first movie, could live without the second two.

Second - I think it would be okay to be immortal. Yes, you would outlive your loved ones (but we live with that possibility all of the time - and we even live the reality of it to a lesser degree if we own pets), yes it would suck having to defend your head all of the time...but think of the wonderful things you could accomplish having all the time in the world and being impervious to just about anything.
Yes, I've watched the series. Not on a regular basis, because it kept bouncing around from channel to channel and time to time; often it was on at about two in the morning local time. Now that Spike TV is rerunning it, I hope to see some of the episodes I haven't ever seen.

As far as the question of immortality, that is a question that has intrigued me for a long time. In fact, I am working on a story idea about immortals right now. Personally, I can see the problems inherent in being immortal. But, in the long run, I think the advantages would probably outweigh the disadvantages as long as one could keep on an even keel emotionally.
I think mortality makes us what we are as a species - driven to move forward. Death creates space within the population and allows room for mutation, change - call it what you will. I believe that to live forever would be to kill that spark within us. I also believe that knowing you were immortal would push you into a form of lethargy where tomorrow would always come....so why do it today?

Simple fact is that death exists for a reason - why it exists, nobody can truely say.
Death is the greatest unknown. Past death is the distinct possibility that we cease to exist, that all spirituality and religion is simply an act of arrogance of the behalf of mankind as a species to perpetuate itself past death through the ignorant misbelief in a soul. If death is the end then eternal life is surely a positive. On the other hand, if we were to live forever as a species we would simply overpopulate our planet. If I chose to live forever and nobody else was able to, how am I to know that beyond death there is not some "heaven" in any sense of the word, that I had denied myself. Those with "faith in God", a concept for with I have little comprehension bar its obviously psychological comforts, would say we live forever in some form anyway, but the only reason they "believe" this is tradition (their great-grandparents believed, and raised their grandparents to believe, who in turn raised their parents to believe, and their parents raised them to believe), and surely a belief acquired through tradition and not an analysis of sense-datum is completely irrational. In short would I want to live forever? I could probably ponder on that question forever and still not come up with an answer. Would I like to run around Scotland with a sword, fighting epic battles, beheading my enemies and becoming stronger? Well - Of Course!!!

Btw - When I was up in Fort William in Scotland last weekend I was chatting to a guy staying at the same B&B as me over breakfast. He was telling me that he was going to the castle where the first Highlander film as filmed that day. I would love to have gone myself, but it was the day we were due to fly back.
About 3 years ago we had a family holiday near the Isle of Skye - apparently the village we were staying in was the feature in the TV series "Hamish McBeth" (I had barely heard of it, let alone watched it!).

It took us 10 hours to reach Fort William, by which time Hannah had thrown up copiously all over herself and pee'd in her car seat as well. I also had developed a thumping migraine and had to stop and use the car park by the loch to empty my own stomach. I got on the road for just another 15 minutes, when we found a guest house where we could all clean up and rest and stay the night. Quite an experience!

Point being, the place we were staying - Plockton - was another 2 hours drive away, and the Highlander castle was very near it - can't have been more than 30 minutes away from Skye Bridge itself. So you'd have had a long journey to reach it.

It's not actually all the interesting - the scenery is superb, of course, and the castle looks great from the outside - but the castle itself is wee small within - basically, I remember it as like a little glorified farmhouse with spirial staircases. Better from the outside. We didn't know the relevance of the place until we drove past, and I immediately recognised it - the bridge is particularly distinctive.
Nice. I hope you got some pics of yourself in silly poses outside!
No pics, I'm afraid - no scanner.
Damn it, had you said to me 3 weeks ago you wanted a scanner I could have got you one from work for £8.11. We had them on a special clearance offer. D'oh!
The only difficulty being immortal would be watching your loved ones grow old and die around you, whilst you didn't age at all.
brian said:
No pics, I'm afraid - no scanner. Not yet. But one day, oh yes... :)
Brian - these days you can buy a one-time use camera from Kodak that will give you digital pictures. You can then upload them at places like Ofoto.com or snapfish.com and share them with friends and family online - for free. You would only pay if you wanted them to print your photos. Or, you can do the same if you have a digital camera (which I would assume you don't have from your note - you wouldn't need a scanner) and for regular camera film, when developing you can get them on disk as well as developed and then do the same thing. I've even got a photo of my house up there so I could share with my family when I bought it.
I'm sort of hoping to save for a digital camera one day - one that does motion as well as stills. Then I can sooo torment you all with uploads. :D

As for Immortality Tax - I hear that our great Tony Blair government has decreed for the next budget that longevity is subject to a charge of 7.5% Value Added Tax. :)
Taxes are sooo fun. Soon they will come up with a fun tax, you are not allowed to have fun until your taxes are paid up...
I already pay a poor tax, my bank charges me for not having enough money in the account!
dwndrgn said:
I already pay a poor tax, my bank charges me for not having enough money in the account!
Those ones are the most fun. :(

And to think - in ancient and mediaeval times - people thought themselves hard done by with a 5% income tax!!
Taxes aren't so bad (even if it can be annoying to see a great deal of the money you worked for go away before you can use it). I think the worst part about taxes, as least for those of us in the States is that we don't have a lot of say in where it goes. I mean, ostensibly by using our democratic right to vote for the people we think will do well by us we have a 'say' in what happens to our tax dollars but really it is like a crap shoot.

I think it would be nice if when we do our taxes each year we would have a list of things that tax money pays for and we could allocate our little part in percentages, say I would like 20% to go to education, 20% to police, 20% to defense or whatever. And, salaries for people like congressmen and other elected officials, should be tied to the overall budget. In other words if the defecit increases, their salaries go down and if there is a surplus their salaries could go up. That way they have a huge incentive to work together and get things worked out. Heck, a great deal of the stuff they have is free for them anyways, why do they need such huge salaries? Ok I'll stop rambling now.

Still wouldn't mind being a Highlander!
Of course it is...i'm a genious! Just kidding. Actually it would be very difficult to administrate (I'm sure) and would probably cause more trouble than it saved. But, it is a nice idea anyway.

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