Engineering a comfortable death
By Serge Kreutz
The value system that I promote has two pillars.
First, for as long as we live, to have optimal sexual experience.
Second, to end life in a comfortable death.
Self-cognition enables us to realize that actually, it would be better to be dead than alive.
Our current technologies do not allow us to extend our lives indefinitely (which would give life an entirely new quality). As we will be dead anyway after not too long a time, our lives are a quixotesk struggle against wind mills, or, even less noble, comparable to the attempts of a lab mouse to run away from its fate while being trapped in a treadmill.
Only the fact that we can experience the extreme pleasure of orgasms gives us (while not logically, though at least emotionally) a reason to stay alive. This is why herbals that improve sexual health, such as tongkat ali, are so important.
The awareness that we can realistically only can strive for optimal sexual experience, followed by a comfortable death, is what I would like to call the second stage of enlightenment. This ideology will be appropriate for as long as our technologies do not allow us to extend our lives indefinitely.
Only people who believe that they will be rewarded after death for spending their lives in sexual misery can realistically favor societies that press them into social orders which minimize the quality of their sexual experience.
As for the second pillar, a comfortable death, mankind already posseses some technologies to make death more gentle.
We do not have to painfully suffer to death once we are ill with cancers. We could, and often can, make dying much more bearable with the wise use of opiates.
We already can eliminate the pain of life-saving and life-improving surgical procedures through the use of sedation (though the technology is open to improvements).
We could expand the use of sedation to situations that involve a certain risk of horror, such as flying in an ill-fated aircraft. It would be a progress if passengers could choose to be sedated on all commercial flights. For it’s not death itself we dread but the pain and horror of dying consciously under certain circumstances.
To manage one’s end of life in a manner so that it will be gentle is, of course, in principle equivalent to committing suicide. Even though life is not ended abruptly, and not even prematurely, preparing to die gently already means that one takes one’s death into one’s own hands. This is a huge intellectual progress over just trying to avoid death.
Time is on my side. Human technologies production are improving, first towards engineering our comfortable deaths, and then towards engineering indefinite life-spans. The ideologies that are appropriate to these capabilities will follow, as always, with a certain delay.