Historically, ethics debates have centered around the question of an
individual's right to hasten their own death. Perhaps this discussion of
the ethics of prolonging death can provide some context, and can help some
dogmatic religious people to see the value of using medical technology to give
people more dignity and control over how and when they die.
I thought people lived to be around 900 years old back in the day (at least it
says so in the bible). Why shouldn't we try to achieve that goal again?
I watched a program about mice. the rise of the mice to be infinitive and the
fall of the mice. As long as there was food for every one they thrived, but when
the food was depleted, no food the starving mice killed each other, totally
eliminating the mice. I figure the first mice had a good life but the
When it is time to die people will die no matter what we do I think.
To alleviate the pain and suffering of old age would probably one of the best
things which could be done for mankind. Most diseases eventually happen to old
people, such as cancer, blindness, brain dysfunctions such as dementia, and the
list goes on. The slowing of cell growth and normal multiplication of cells
wreaks havoc in our bodies, leaving us prone to disease and death. We see this
in our biggest organ, our skin, as it starts to wither and wrinkle and sag as
muscles start breaking down. We become frail and weak. But that's only on
the outside. Our vital organs are doing the same thing pretty much, thus
setting us up for death. If scientists can stop this process of aging, that
would be a miracle. But to live forever (not just 120 years because that's
nothing compared to eternity) would be a perversion of nature. Everything in
this earth is set up to die and that is the eternal plan.
@DNWhy are no comments being allowed on the ‘Are LDS learning
to swim in the mainstream in this post-Mormon moment?' piece??
higvClearly that isn't the case. The average age of humans in
the 1800's was much lower then it is today. Advances in medicine, vaccines,
health, sanitation, etc. helps us to live longer. So it isn't just we will
die when we will die... if we take precautions and such, we can live longer
God gives man a body.Man takes care of body.Man lives
longer.Ethical problem? No.Man wants even longer.Man schemes up ways to transfer his consciousness into a computer.(yes, some "scientists" actually want to do this)As
someone studied in religion, philosophy, moral problems, etc. there is only one
thing that comes to mind when I hear of this.1 Corinthians, chapter
1.It's wisdom to take care of our bodies, as you would a
machine. But the more you have to replace, eventually you may just loose the
original machine you had in the first place. I'm going to marry my
beautiful fiance and I'd gladly save her life with an artificial organ. But
if every limb, organ, and bone in her body was artificial, there surely would
reach a point where the woman I love would be lost. The real question is why so
many people refuse to accept what is inherently part of our existence. I do not
deny the truth and live a lie. I embrace it with joy and thoughtfulness.Death is only the beginning of a new chapter in our eternal existence.
The poll seems overly simplistic and thus not very informative. Isn't
everyone's opinion going to be based on the quality of life/health during
those additional years?I more informative poll would have posed the
question: Which would you prefer a life where you worked until you were 65,
showed typical signs of advanced age when you were 70 and passed away when you
were 80; or a life where you worked until you were 85, showed typical signs of
advance age at 90 and passed away when you were 100.
re: RanchHandLets hear for fuzzy math on an abacus.
I am in my sixty's and to tell you the truth - as I look at the world today
and compare it to what we have been taught about the afterlife, WHY would I want
to stay here - when I could be there?Don't get me wrong, suicide is
not even an option for me. But sometimes, this world really scares me! So much
crime,so much hate,hunger,sickness, and you can't seem to be able to trust
anyone - especially in the government. The rich get richer and the poor get
poorer. TV stars and athletics are our heroes while teachers and active service
people have to go on welfare to survive.YES.................. there are
lots of good things in the world. I am grateful for so many blessings in my
life.But, when my time is up .... I will willingly go, and look forward to
the experience called death - and all that follows it.