X-Message-Number: 20470
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 08:01:31 -0500
From: Thomas Donaldson <>
Subject: CryoNet #20460 - #20469

Hi everyone!

A totally different subject than the recent Conference: one more idea
explaining why so many people refuse to take up cryonics.

Not long ago my mother died, of Alzheimer's. I would have counted 
her as dead several years ago, when she needed help even to recognize
her children ... and even with help did not do so. My father died
earlier than that. And along the way I got to see the behavior of
noncryonicists to such an event, up close.

Basically almost all my relatives did their best to prevent me from
even talking with my mother or father. My father, I know, specifically
wanted to talk to me, but nobody even told me he was sick until he
had died.

So let's look at the mind of someone who at time 0 does not believe
in cryonics, and who has behaved in such ways toward one of their
dying relatives, to which they are supposed to be "close". If any
further information comes up which puts cryonics in a better light
they have lots of reasons to deny it. Even if we someday revive
a few people, they will deny the possibility that many can be
revived. Why? Because if they came around to our views they would
by doing so realize that they had committed heinous immoral acts
against their own kin. By their refusal of cryonics they can 
believe they are the good, moral people they wanted to be.

Just one more idea to put into the pot.

            Best wishes and long long life for all,

                   Thomas Donaldson

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