Immortality Definition: Attitudes On It

Patrick O'Neil patrick at corona
Sun Feb 19 18:16:46 EST 1995



On 19 Feb 1995, Shelly Hayes wrote:
> 
> One has to remember that any change to the working population will result
> in economic upheaval.  As more people are healthier and more active, fewer
> people need hospitals and old folks homes, and there are more people wanting
> jobs.  Our present society is based upon the present balance (not very well
> I might add).  Already, life extension has played havoc with people's 
> retirement planning, social security and the old competing with the young for
> low end jobs.
> 
> 

Precisely!  You said in one short, concise paragraph what I spent a page 
or so trying to say...but NO ONE with a mindset already wedded to giving 
THEM longer life even want to openly and honestly consider the wider 
ramifications, preferring to hope that problems will be dealt with only 
after they arise.  Unfortunately, this is all too typical of many human 
endeavors.  GIVE ME WHAT I WANT NOW, worry about the consequences later 
when it is no longer possible to ignore them (and perhaps too late to do 
anything about them).

Patrick




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