X-Message-Number: 2864
From:  (David A. Roth)
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 94 00:05:02 EST

In Regards to your letter <>:
> Message: #2861 - Fear of Abuse
> Message-Subject: CRYONICS fear of abuse
> Date: Fri, 08 Jul 1994 08:35:55 -0400
> From: "Perry E. Metzger" <>
> > From:  (Kitty te Riele)
> > Message-Subject: CRYONICS fear of abuse
> [...]
> > but I still have one major worry. 
> > 
> > It seems to me that being in suspension is just about the most vulnerable
> > position to be in, and suspension patients depend entirely on the goodwill
> > and sense of responsibility  of others for respectful and caring treatment.
> > My fear is that as a suspension patient I may be subjected to abuse, a
> > horrifying thought to me, especially because I would not have any control.
> > Perhaps I will be used for experimentation (scientists now use animals for
> > experimentation, how can I expect to be treated better by people/creatures
> > of the future?). More vividly than that I can imagine being physically
> > abused by an opportunistic individual. 
> This is of course a concern. However, I believe that the benefits of
> possibly remaining alive, healthy, and free instead of dead far
> outweigh the possibility that I might be the subject of nefarious
> experimentation or exploitation. Being dead is about the worst thing
> that can happen to you in my opinion, assuming you have an alternative
> that offers some hope. I would rather take the remote possibility of
> remaining healthy and alive than the certainty of being dead any time.
> Perry

I remember in the 1960s the view of the future was to be a cold place
with the human factor being near non-existant.  People through time have
remained to be people.  I don't see a reason now or from the past
that had led me to believe that the future will become the dreaded
science fiction movie where humans are not important.


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