I mean, let's face it -- peeing and pooping are a major drag. The whole idea of wiping your butt is nasty. These basic biological functions are gross, and you have to take care of them every day. If you had a way to eliminate these activities from your daily routine, chances are that you would gladly do so.
Body odor falls into the same category. So does snot. So does shaving. So do scabs.
Obesity is another problem that goes with the human body. People like to eat because eating is a pleasurable experience. But when you eat, you get fat. What if you could eliminate your body but retain the experience of eating? You would eat without obesity, and chances are that you would be a happier person.
Sure you can resort to something like a telephone to talk to your friend. But a telephone is nothing like an in-person visit. Neither is a video phone. What if your friend is your spouse and you want to have sex? There is no way to have sex today unless you can be physically together, and there is no way to be physically together without physical travel. Think about how long and boring your last 4-hour car ride or plane flight was, and you realize how un-fun travel really is. The only reason we put up with it right now is because we have absolutely no choice.
There are many other physical constraints that go with your physical body. For example, you cannot fly like Superman. You cannot scale buildings like Spiderman. You cannot swim underwater for more than a minute without special equipment. You cannot venture into the vacuum of space. You cannot make something leap into your hand from 10 feet away using “the Force” like the Jedi do in Star Wars. Unless you are one of the rare, highly trained people who can perform Olympic-level gymnastics or acrobatics, you cannot perform acrobatics. If someone shoots you with a physical bullet, your physical body is likely to die. The "physicality" of your biological body constantly imposes limits on your brain.
All of these constraints and many, many others come because you inhabit a physical body that is subject to the realities of the physical universe it lives in. If you could eliminate your physical body, all of these physical limitations would fall away.
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