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From: "Steven Lacher" <>
Subject: I don't beleive it's converts we seek, rather acceptance.....
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 08:45:38 -0400

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Hello everyone....

I've been following the Ted Williams thing, too and was struck by a realization.
Kennita Watson is right - it's terrific that 3% of those polled have the 
foresight and vision to explore cryonics.  I notice many people on here 
bemoaning how small a number that is, and how the vast majority of people out 
there are caught up in society's traditional deathist ways.  

But then it hit me.  If people want to hold irrational attitudes about death, 
who am I to change their minds?  And why would I want to?  I'll be happy if 
society ignores us or accepts us to the point that my cryonics organization can 
see to my needs (I'm an ALCOR member), happy on the day that my hopes of being 
reanimated are brought to fruition, and happy to come back to a world which 
doesn't accept death as a natural part of life.

But I could care less if any of the people who thought cryonics wouldn't work or
is immoral won't be around to see how wrong they were.

Don't get me wrong - several people I love and care about are not signed up - 
and I sure wish they were.  I can only hope that my example might tempt them, 
make them change their minds.  But as the old adage says, "you can lead a horse 
to water, but you can't make him drink."  

I'm happy about the publicity the Ted Williams stories are bringing cryonics - 
it'll show more horses where the water is, if they want it.  But as for the 
approval of those other horses - I don't want it or need it.  As long as they 
stay out of my way when I need the water, I'm one happy horse.

Thirstily yours,
--Steven Lacher, ALCOR member A-1865


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