Living long: Religious thinkers ponder the ethical, theological implications of delaying death

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  • JanSan Pocatello, ID
    Aug. 17, 2013 11:31 p.m.

    I am in my sixty's and to tell you the truth - as I look at the world today and compare it to what we have been taught about the afterlife, WHY would I want to stay here - when I could be there?
    Don't get me wrong, suicide is not even an option for me. But sometimes, this world really scares me! So much crime,so much hate,hunger,sickness, and you can't seem to be able to trust anyone - especially in the government. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. TV stars and athletics are our heroes while teachers and active service people have to go on welfare to survive.
    YES.................. there are lots of good things in the world. I am grateful for so many blessings in my life.
    But, when my time is up .... I will willingly go, and look forward to the experience called death - and all that follows it.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 7:41 p.m.

    re: RanchHand

    Lets hear for fuzzy math on an abacus.

  • let's roll LEHI, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 1:25 p.m.

    The poll seems overly simplistic and thus not very informative. Isn't everyone's opinion going to be based on the quality of life/health during those additional years?

    I more informative poll would have posed the question: Which would you prefer a life where you worked until you were 65, showed typical signs of advanced age when you were 70 and passed away when you were 80; or a life where you worked until you were 85, showed typical signs of advance age at 90 and passed away when you were 100.

  • MormonSean Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 7:07 p.m.

    God gives man a body.

    Man takes care of body.

    Man lives longer.

    Ethical problem? No.

    Man wants even longer.

    Man schemes up ways to transfer his consciousness into a computer.
    (yes, some "scientists" actually want to do this)

    As someone studied in religion, philosophy, moral problems, etc. there is only one thing that comes to mind when I hear of this.

    1 Corinthians, chapter 1.

    It's wisdom to take care of our bodies, as you would a machine. But the more you have to replace, eventually you may just loose the original machine you had in the first place. I'm going to marry my beautiful fiance and I'd gladly save her life with an artificial organ. But if every limb, organ, and bone in her body was artificial, there surely would reach a point where the woman I love would be lost. The real question is why so many people refuse to accept what is inherently part of our existence. I do not deny the truth and live a lie. I embrace it with joy and thoughtfulness.

    Death is only the beginning of a new chapter in our eternal existence.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    Aug. 12, 2013 10:48 a.m.


    Clearly that isn't the case. The average age of humans in the 1800's was much lower then it is today. Advances in medicine, vaccines, health, sanitation, etc. helps us to live longer. So it isn't just we will die when we will die... if we take precautions and such, we can live longer

  • jmort SLO, CA
    Aug. 11, 2013 1:44 p.m.


    Why are no comments being allowed on the ‘Are LDS learning to swim in the mainstream in this post-Mormon moment?' piece??

  • Serenity Manti, UT
    Aug. 11, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    To alleviate the pain and suffering of old age would probably one of the best things which could be done for mankind. Most diseases eventually happen to old people, such as cancer, blindness, brain dysfunctions such as dementia, and the list goes on. The slowing of cell growth and normal multiplication of cells wreaks havoc in our bodies, leaving us prone to disease and death. We see this in our biggest organ, our skin, as it starts to wither and wrinkle and sag as muscles start breaking down. We become frail and weak. But that's only on the outside. Our vital organs are doing the same thing pretty much, thus setting us up for death. If scientists can stop this process of aging, that would be a miracle. But to live forever (not just 120 years because that's nothing compared to eternity) would be a perversion of nature. Everything in this earth is set up to die and that is the eternal plan.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Aug. 10, 2013 9:56 p.m.

    When it is time to die people will die no matter what we do I think.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Aug. 10, 2013 10:50 a.m.

    I watched a program about mice. the rise of the mice to be infinitive and the fall of the mice. As long as there was food for every one they thrived, but when the food was depleted, no food the starving mice killed each other, totally eliminating the mice. I figure the first mice had a good life but the descendants didn't.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Aug. 10, 2013 9:10 a.m.

    I thought people lived to be around 900 years old back in the day (at least it says so in the bible). Why shouldn't we try to achieve that goal again?

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    Aug. 10, 2013 2:27 a.m.

    Historically, ethics debates have centered around the question of an individual's right to hasten their own death. Perhaps this discussion of the ethics of prolonging death can provide some context, and can help some dogmatic religious people to see the value of using medical technology to give people more dignity and control over how and when they die.