Why the gloom?June 18 2009 at 6:42 PM
|Luke Parrish (Login lsparrish)|
Response to Did anyone read Ben Best's report?
First off, Liechtenstein could easily continue to exist because of today's widespread philosophy of Westphalian sovereignty, that countries have a right to continue to exist. It's a lot different from how things used to be. Surely these government people who are so hostile to cryonics are also hostile to the idea of losing their nationhood.
Secondly, even if Liechtenstein were absorbed into another country, it would probably at least try to keep the same sorts of laws in place. Otherwise, people like cryonicists would have to move their assets out to a place that does support the notion (which there are more of now than there used to be).
The government claiming to be hostile to cryonics is not the same as the population being hostile to it. The hostility was not (as far as I know) justified by some horrible act on the part of the cryonicists, but was ordinary closed-mindedness. It is not like the existence of a reanimation trust would directly threaten the economy of the nation in some way. So why should resentment smoulder over time? Wouldn't you expect the opposite, the gradual thawing of attitudes once frozen by fear and superstition, as they become more familiar with the situation?
I'm not claiming to be an expert on the situation, but from the data given I do not see why you feel inclined to make such dire predictions. Bear in mind that possible does not always equal probable. If you constantly assume the worst, you risk creating an environment of paranoia which can eventually result in the problems you are trying to prevent.
Our best bet is to target superstitions that create an anti-cryonic bias, and address real any fears with positive and mutually-beneficial action. Cryonics needs to be win-win for as many people as possible. It need not be a "us versus them" situation -- if it is, cryonics will tend to lose.
I am inclined to see this "fight" against a "hostile" government to uphold their own laws regardless of their prejudices as a positive advance in the overall war against inertial superstition, in an area (Europe) that sorely lacks liberty regarding this sort of thing.