X-Message-Number: 16396
Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 09:54:38 -0400
From: Thomas Donaldson <>
Subject: comments re Epstein's writing

Hi everyone!

Some comments about Louis Epstein's latest writing: I said that finding
a circumstance in which I would not want to continue living might take
some imagination and be difficult. Epstein seems to believe that there
is NO such circumstance.

Perhaps I fail to consider his viewpoint, but I would like him to explain
it much more. Both "never" and "always" are far harder words than many
people think. It's far easier to see that virtually all circumstances
would not cause me to commit suicide than that NO CIRCUMSTANCES AT ALL
would cause me to do that.

His arguments also raise other questions, of which the simplest is:
has he made arrangements for his cryonic suspension? With whom? Given
the importance of that question, I would say that his answer will very
strongly affect the meaning of what he says.

Finally, I will say that in very many circumstances someone wanting
suicide doesn't have any incurable condition, and it is even proper
to prevent them from doing so. But note that I said "very many",
not "all". 

		Best wishes and long long life to all,

			Thomas Donaldson

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