Re: ethical problem? Some kind of problem, anyway...

Michael S. Lorrey (
Mon, 19 Apr 1999 09:25:55 -0400

"Michael S. Lorrey" wrote:

> O'Regan, Emlyn wrote:
> >
> > aargghh, I don't think I'll get to use cryonics because I'm getting
> > cremated here.
> >
> > I didn't express myself overly well, sorry for wasting everyone's time.
> >
> > What I meant was that, psychologically, cryonics feels like arranging
> > your own funeral. I support using cryonics, I think its a good last
> > option, but to actually address it in your life must be like arranging
> > your own burial site.
> >
> > Or is it like getting life insurance?
> >
> Much more like getting life insurance. Failing to do so is insuring that
> you WILL have a funeral, which is kind of a morbid type of laziness.
> Now, making up invitations to your own suspension celebration ahead of
> time I think indicates you may need to talk to someone...

This being said, I am 31 and I have not signed up for cryonic suspension. My rationalization for this act of pure laziness and/or stinginess is that according to the stats, if I die in the next two decades it is most likely to be something which leaves my brain in a useless state, and anything else that happens is likely to give me plenty of a heads up that I will have time to sign up for suspension before it kills me. Cryonics is a last ditch option, which IMHO is most likely to be used by the oldsters on the list than the youngsters. Caveat: I will probably sign up sometime in the next ten years anyways if I wind up having a wife and kids that will make it much more worthwhile to come back to.

Now, if anyone can disabuse me of my current rationalizations...I would appreciate it...

Mike Lorrey