Type: Definition Essays
Sample donated: Lucy Sharp
Last updated: December 21, 2019
God’s greatest gift to humankind is life itself. We love life so much that we would do anything to extend it or try to cheat death. While modern science is on the brink of major discoveries which will cure many conditions and diseases, this has fueled the discussion on the subject of cryonics.
Cryonicists are people who believe that there will be an era in the future when medicine can revive a person who in our time is considered dead. Our fear of death arises from lack of faith. Cryonics is giving people false hope. It is creating a lot of controversy due costs, legalities, religious perspectives and the fact that is has never been successfully performed. Today its promises are not possible. People are failing to nurture their spirit and failing to practice their faith.Robert Ettinger is credit as the originator of cryonics.
In 1962 he published, “The Prospect of Immortality”. He proposed the idea that you could freeze a human body to preserve it so the could benefit from future medical attention. The idea of reanimation slowly grown in popularity since.
Neuropreservation can cost up to $70,000, whole Body Preservation can cost up to $200,000. Prices vary between companies but it is still many times the price of a traditional burial. Companies that like any new technology that comes out however any new technology will initially be expensive.- first tv, first car, laptop, even cellphone.In the 80s only the wealthiest would have a car phone or cell phone.10 years later, they became more affordable and now, almost everyone owns a cell phone.
Supporters say, as history has shown, in the future as the technology behind cryonics matures, the demand will increase and the cost will become more and more affordable. In fact most of the cost associated with is due to the length of storage. The energy cost as well as the property cost are the biggest expense. The increase is these costs only seems to trend up as history shows. A high cost to pay for what most likely will not result in the individual ever returning to life. Supporters point to cases where people or animals have been resuscitated after being frozen.
In 1955 James Lovelock was able to revive rats which had been frozen to 0 degrees. Another incident happened on Jan. 15, 2016. Tayyab Jafar was a student who suffered from mental illness. He attempted suicide by overdosing in pain medication. He left his home to walk around in sub zero temperatures with little clothing. His roommate searched for him and found him apparently frozen to death with no pulse.
The temperature outside was -11. Doctors worked on him for hours and performed many procedures but ultimately he was revived. After several months Tayyab recovered with minimal negative effects.
Medical experts claim that these cases are different because the freezing happens before death has occurred and the temperature drop works to save the persons life allowing the body to survive on less oxygen. This slowed metabolism helps the person survive long enough for help to find them. Experts say that this is different from cryonics which freezes people after death has occurred. They state that the cause of death as well as the trauma caused to the body during the freezing process is too much to over come.
“Organs such as the heart and kidneys have never been successfully frozen and thawed.”1 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5270257/Cryogenics-corpses-brought-10-years.html They use the analogy that it would be like taking a cooked scrambled egg and trying to turn it back into an egg. Because of the law, in most places in the world a body can only be frozen after death. It is then processed three times, freezing it to colder and colder temperatures.
A persons blood is replaced with anti-freeze to stop ice crystals from forming. The damage caused is irreversible. Any hope to revive the person is not supported by the companies making the promises. They hope that one day the outside medical community will solve their problems however as the current medical community does not support or believe this possible it is not something being directly developed therefore reducing the chances of any breakthroughs.The law is enemy stricter in British Columbia.
It has laws forbidding cryonics all together “No person shall offer for sale or sell any arrangement for the preservation or storage … by whatever name called, that is offered or sold on the expectation of the resuscitation of human remains at a future time.”The law is enemy stricter in British Columbia.
It has laws forbidding cryonics all together “No person shall offer for sale or sell any arrangement for the preservation or storage … by whatever name called, that is offered or sold on the expectation of the resuscitation of human remains at a future time.” Which the question of life already being debated due to abortion, the laws regarding cryonics will also be tested.It wasn’t that long ago Christian’s questioned where the soul of one who’s suspended goes.
They had this debate regarding C.P.R.
The development of this knowledge changed the definition of death. This was looked down upon by the catholic community at one point. Many Catholics maintain “A ‘do-not-resuscitate’ order”. Hospitals weigh if it is morally permissible to aid people with these requests. C.P.R.
Is now fully understood as medical attention provided prior to death and people are not bringing back soulless beings. James 2:26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. Cryonicist do not contest that their clients are alive at all. The do seek to return the dead to life as all freezing starts after death. Recently in the U.K. a 14 year old girl known only as JS died of a rare cancer.
He last request was to be frozen because “I’m only 14 years old and I don’t want to die, but I know I am going to. I think being cryo?preserved gives me a chance to be cured and woken up, even in hundreds of years’ time.””I don’t want to be buried underground. I want to live and live longer and I think that in the future they might find a cure for my cancer and wake me up. I want to have this chance. This is my wish “We all can sympathize with her wish.
Part of our faith is to prepare us to meet God.Corinthians 5:8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.The teachings of Jesus have shown that he opened the doors into heaven. She died believing in her wish. If her wish ever comes true the reality is her loved ones still feel her loss. Nurturing faith in the Lord not only prepares those facing death but also the living. If any person would return after these conditions they would still need to cope with this.
It is not morally acceptable to take advantage of one’s vulnerability, fear of death and selling them false hope. The promises of the cryonicists do only that and fail to deliver. They take advantage of people who will not be able to fight to ensure their best interests after death.God created us, we can not become God nor can we play God.
As a Catholic, cheating death goes against God’s teaching and the circle of life and everlasting peace.