Jarrydn's rant on immortality
I completely agree with you Jarrydn - hell if you looked even at the mythological gods of olympus you could see which oens were narcissistic (hell they named the word after narcissus after all) and altruistic.
Eventually you simply want to control thsoe beneath you or seek to help them with your collective wisdom. I feel I would probably be a rather temperamental immortal, with an almost alchemist fiery temperament, willing to help others one moment and just fly into a rage the next and seek to control others the next, and then eventually want nothing to do with humanity.. I see that in my personality already.. a restlessness that isn't sure where to settle to be happy. A too-strong sense of self I suppose that feels the need to be unique and stand out to be relevant.
I would find it difficult because being eternal would also mean that you looked and acted the asme age - but your soul would age, so I believe others naive opinions and lack of knowledge would eventually bug you.. you'd eventually want to hang out with older and older people and then the death turnover would become larger and larger as those peopel would start to rapidly deteriorate.
think of being am od, and having to fix peoples mistakes or tell people the same thing over and over and over but then mroe and more people come in and its an endless cycle of teaching the same thnigs to an ever increasing naive and unyeilding populace. I think liek I said, it would eventually corrode your soul. You would definitely have to find some meaning to fill the eternal void as eventually you will have done EVERYTHING there is to do and you may grow weary of life.
Mind you the world will evolve and thus there will probably always be new things to experience, but I believe your faith in humanity would eventually decline, no matter how good your intentions to help them. I think the ultimate end result isnt narcissism OR altruism, I think eventualyl these would also be seen as a sham - I think apathy is the ultimate result - an eventual non-caring for all living things, a. 10,000 years of just seeing so much that NOTHING phases or affects you anymore, or even brings you joy.
They used to say that immortality was the worst punishment of all because it robbed the person of the freedom of death.