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What do you think about the "suicide tabboo" and its implications in a society where will be possible - supposelly - to live forever?

Hi TEDs.

The idea of living forever or even a thousand years is pretty complex into a sociologycal point of view. It would require whole new paradigms and laws.

The voluntary death or the suicide question, for example. Currently, there's a big taboo around it.

However, in the future these questions can be seem just like a "not living more time" choice - not necessarelly like a bad one based in a mental disorder, or even a sin.

[i]"The right to choose to live or die is the most fundamental of all."[/i] [Albert De Grey]

And what do you think about cryogenics? It could be used in benefit for those who decides to end life but still wants reborn in another era?

I appeciate your opinions.

Keep yourselves alive! ;)

  • Jul 26 2011: I don't know if you understand spanish but here is an interesting interview

    about suicide and how (despite some amazing numbers like "suicide was the 13th cause of death in 2000") we almost know nothing about it.

    The first world is moving to a reality where suicide and life expectancy will rise together.

    II hope money and effort to investigate something awful that is there will too and the influence of religion in countries like mine will stop caring so much about what we shouldn't do and start caring about what we can do.
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    Jun 27 2011: I live in Texas and not too far from where I live, a group is planning to construct a place where you could have your body frozen (I'm assuming immediately after death) to await scientific means to resuscitate you. Personally I would just as soon not but there seems to be quite an interest in this these days.
  • Jun 27 2011: This issue appears in science fiction quite a bit, unsurprisingly, but clear answers are still hard to find. The idea of voluntary death (rather than suicide, with all the baggage it bears) is largely met with outrage and confusion. Dr. Jack Kervorkian was a modern proponent of it, specifically a patient's "right to die". The film Soylent Green features would-be "death centers" that employ a method inspired by his ideas, but these exist in a dystopian world where voluntary death is a solution to age and/or poverty, not immortality.

    My personal opinion is that immortality is a hard thing to survive - few people would really be cut out for it, and it may be discovered that the human psyche simply can't handle the long-term repercussions without being extremely dedicated or, in fact, pathologically insane. But for the time being, man is mortal.

    The current issue of suicide is not when it is justified, but preventing it from happening in error.