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Opinion

November 11, 2013

The long and short of life: I'm certainly not ready to go

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If they can work it out so that human beings regularly live to be 150 or 200 years old, I hope they do it soon because I’d like to get in on it. My old college roommate used to worry that they’d find a cure for cancer the day after he died of it, and I feel the same about a longer life. I don’t want them to discover how to do it after I’m gone.

Religious leaders who favor the death penalty but oppose a person’s right to have a doctor-assisted suicide when they have a painful, incurable disease have a problem with logic, it seems to me. They often take the position that a doctor-assisted death is interfering with God’s will. Some people at the conference took the position that lengthening life is also circumventing the will of God.

None of those theological arguments make sense to me because you could just as easily say that taking an aspirin or getting treatment from a doctor to cure a disease is interfering with God’s will.

The fact is, whether theologians think it’s right or not, whether they want it to happen or not, we’ll find a way to live longer. It’s inevitable that science will extend the useful life of man and, to me, it’s a great thing. As soon as you hear about a lot of people who’d prefer to die young, let me know. There aren’t many of them, and if life wasn’t so wonderful, we wouldn’t all cling so desperately to the last days of it.

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