Cryonics: Is it morally right?





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4/26/04


Cryonics: Is It Morally Right?


You open your eyes to faces that are unknown in a strange place where people are cheering and it looks as if they are having some sort of party. You look around to recognize something familiar but nothing is. Then a man leans over you and tells you that you have just been the first person to be revived from a cryopreserved state. You lie there in shock as there are tests being run on you and people are staring. You then learn that it is the year 2104 and you have been dead for nearly a hundred years. Your first thought is to call your family and loved ones but, you can’t because there all dead. Everything you once knew is all gone and it’s a completely different world that you know nothing about. You once thought cryonics was a great idea and living forever sounded like a dream but now you are not so sure. Was life meant to be like this? While practicing cryonics may seem to be an interesting concept, it is morally wrong and goes against God’s plan for our lives.


This study was first developed by a man named Robert C.W. Ettinger in the early 1960’s, when his first book The Prospect of Immortality was privately published. Soon after in 1967 the Cryonics Association was created to tell others


about cryonics. Then ten years later another group was formed called the Cryonics Institute and it offered services to those who wished to be cryopreserved. It was the very first organization to offer such services since there was not a lot known about the process at this time (The Cryonics Institute).


The reason for cryonics is that in the future there may be technology to bring the people who are cryopreserved back to life. There is a hope that they will be able to restore complete health to them. Although there are no promises that this procedure will work, the people involved with these organization truly believe that it will benefit those who invest in it. There is even a building being built to house all of the cryonicist’s projects for the future (Nanotechnology and Cryopreservation- Timeship Project). This process is not superior in the eyes of society since in mainly relies on faith that technology will progress as fast as anticipated (Cryonics).


The way cryonics works is when a person dies they are kept at a very cold temperature to keep them from decaying. It is a process called vetrification in which the body is not frozen in solid water. More than 60% of the materials are protective chemicals so there is no ice formation or damaged tissues (Cryonics Myths).”Tissue preserved at the temperature of liquid nitrogen does not deteriorate, even after centuries of storage” (Cryonics). They are not considered to be legally dead since the process is expected to be reversed (Cryonics Myths).They anticipate to have full refurbishment of circulatory and respiratory functions with a heart-lung resuscitator or a heart-lung machine (Cryonics


Association of Australia). The definition of death is the eternal termination of all imperative functions, but with the hope that they will one day be revitalized implies that the patient was not really dead (Cryonics).



The question many people dispute with cryonics is that it is wrong to try to live for ever. Take, for example during the 1994 Miss America Pageant, Miss Alabama was asked: “If you could live forever, would you want to and why?” she answered, “I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever” (Who wants to live forever). Her argument seems very feasible, is there not a reason why we do not live forever? If it was meant to be, we would.


One ethical issue people deal with is “Where does your soul go when you are cryopreserved?” To which ones response could be “Where does the soul go when one is asleep or in a coma?” (Cryonics: The Issues). No one really knows the answer to these questions for sure and we will never know until