Summary of “There’s a big problem with immortality: it goes on and on”

What sort of life would that be? Immortality – the film is suggesting – might be a curse, rather than a blessing.
The moral philosopher Samuel Scheffler at New York University has suggested that the real problem with a fantasy of immortality is that it doesn’t make sense as a coherent desire.
A desire for immortality is thus a paradox: it would frustrate itself were it ever to be achieved.
There is something both deeply and persistently appealing about the idea of immortality, and that cannot be dispelled by simply pointing to examples where immortality would be a curse.
On the face of it, a desire for immortality most obviously seems to be a response to the fear of death.
Immortality might itself turn out to be one of them.
The contrast with immortality as being somehow unable to die is clear.
Immortality is, obviously enough, an impossible fantasy – hence it cannot be a genuine solution to the unfortunate yet elemental facts of the human condition, nor an answer to the fraught complexities surrounding euthanasia as regards both social policy and moral judgment.

The orginal article.