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

Gina Miller (
Mon, 19 Apr 1999 21:45:39 PDT

In a relationship of this nature, one would hope the other's partner would be a willing participant of this sort of action also (cryonics). If not at least respect your choice to do so. I mean were talking about people who love eachother here right? On that same note, as for the question "would I not have the operation so my family could have the money or fight for my life". Hell yeah I'd fight for my life, and if they loved me, they would want me to. Better have me alive and be broke then me dead and rich. Gina "Nanogirl" Miller

>I would only suggest that you maintain a life insurance policy that
would be
>sufficient to pay for cryopreservation, keeping in mind that prices
>increase as different and more effective protocols are developed
(one reason
>to sign up now). But if something happens that prevents you from
>your coverage (e.g. heart attack) then you may be stuck. It's true
that the
>average cryonicist is older than most, but the young are poor
planners in
>general when it comes to life-long goals (e.g. insurance,
retirement, etc).
>It's just difficult for them to appreciate the need to plan on the
next 60
>years when they only have twenty under their belt. Since you
mention a
>possible future spouse/partner and your possible desire to return to
>that brings up some potentially thorny issues, doesn't it?
>How long do you all think marriages will last in a world where
everyone is
>ageless. I know I'm not going to let the preacher include, "Till
death do
>us part." in the vows. I suspect that the average marriage in the
>would last for a shorter period of time than it does today. To be
blunt and
>insensitive, I think that many people stay in a relatively loveless
>relationship as they get older because they feel there are no other
>Well, there'll be plenty of options if you're not aging. Plus, time
>everyone, so the more time...the more change...the further apart you
>likely to grow. I don't see anything wrong with this. When it
comes to
>*shoulds*, I only believe that couples *should* try to maintain
>commited, and hopefully loving relationships until their children
are grown.
>Even though lots of very psychologically healthy kids have grown up
in a
>single-parent houselhold, my experience suggests that two parents
>greater levels of support and stability (getting off topic, now).
>Another thorny cryonics issue is the benficiary issue. Spouses can
>become upset with the idea that you've established a cryonics firm
as the
>beneficiary of your life insurance policy instead of the family.
>you could maintain two policies, but what if you only had the
resources to
>maintain one policy? Who would the beneficiary be? OK, now
consider this
>analogy: You've been told by your doctors that your only chance to
>requires an experimental medical procedure costing over $100,000 and
with a
>10% chance of success. Would your spouse insist that you *not* have
>operation so that the family could have the money? Would you agree
or would
>you fight for your life?
Gina "Nanogirl" Miller
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