Wishes of the dead, versus rights of the livingMay 21 2009 at 8:14 PM
|Luke Parrish (Login lsparrish)|
Response to "Ted Williams got lucky"
I'm not so sure it cuts both ways like you are saying.
Handling the dead with respect is something we do for psychological reasons, not moral ones. There is no moral obligation to be nice to a corpse, as it doesn't have any inalienable human rights. It doesn't have feelings anymore, and never will again, since it has lost the information that would give it feelings.
Caring how a corpse is treated is about like caring how the statue of Abraham Lincoln is treated. Sure we care, but we don't expect the statue to care.
What I was saying is that treating a brain that might possibly have feelings again (i.e. a vitrified brain), as if it were already dead meat, is a terrible crime against a living human being. It makes it worse, of course, when the brain has previously declared an intention of being preserved, and someone intentionally interferes with this... It is rather like pulling the plug on someone who specifically requested to remain alive for as long as possible.
But morally speaking, there's a good case to be made that all brains should be vitrified, regardless of their stated desires about post-death funerals and such.
All this legal stuff about how to handle dead people shouldn't really apply to vitrified brains -- it just does because the justice system is lazy and vitrified brains look dead.
- Except - TWrelated on May 22, 2009, 1:31 PM