I think to really be able to answer this question, or even just to understand the reasoning behind the answers that some may give, you really need to consider personal interpretation of 'immortal'.
Okay, so to put it simply, immortality is living forever, right? However, to be able to achieve this, humans must overcome the main causes of death: ageing, disease, and trauma.
Therefore, when looking into immortality a bit deeper, and perhaps considering individual views, it would more than likely be a very different case to wanting to life forever.
I, personally, would not want to live forever, and cannot really understand why anybody would wish to live on for eternity. From this simple perspective, I suppose you could say that my answer to the initial question is 'No' - I don't want to be immortal.
However, if you then consider the more serious side of mortality, then the view shifts considerably. Many people are scared of death. Is that a good enough reason to want to be immortal? Many people do not want to have to endure pain and suffering. Is that a good enough reason to want to be immortal? Many people do not want to see the people they love in pain, or suffering. Is that a good enough reason to want to be immortal?
I think that the last point is the most striking, as, although less personal, I believe that it would be relevant to the vast largest group of people. This is intriguing because it could easily be classed as selflessness, something which seems to be disappearing, at least in Western society.
Overall, however, there are therefore three reasons that I can see for one to want to be immortal:
- Because they don't want to die.
- Because they don't want to endure pain and suffering.
- Because they do not want those they love to endure pain and suffering because of their own mortality i.e. due to them falling ill or dying.
This raises quite an interesting quetion, and one that I think is worth asking:
Is to be offered immortality, yet decline it, selfish?