This morning I watched a news piece on a dying 14 year old girl who had won a battle to have herself cryogenically frozen. She died last month from cancer and now she has been transferred to a specialist cryogenics centre in the USA where her body has been frozen in hopes that one day there may be a way to cure her and bring her back to life. It's a concept that many will be confused by. Can it really be possible or plausible to be able to defrost a dead body and be able to bring them back to life.
For me, I want to believe that in a few hundred years medical science will have advanced to a point where I could be brought back to life. This brings up many philosophical questions though. For example, the father of this young girl actually took his daughter to court, not to challenge her on the ethics of cryogenically freezing herself, but for the concerning factor of how she would practically live in a world where everyone she knew was long dead and decendants might be non existent. This is the dilemma I would also face in deciding if I wanted to be cryogenically frozen.
Then, what world would be there to greet me. Everyone I love would be dead and I would be on my own in a world that would have changed. I would be known for being the frozen boy who was brought back to life, I would be considered a medical marvel, a freak of nature itself. I can imagine reality television would have reached a point of low moral standard where i would be flaunted on television programmes nationwide. I would be lost and exploited, and I don't think thats a life I want.
There is also the factor of cost. A quick google search of the cost of being cryogenically frozen is around 80,000 to 200,000 US dollars. This is an amount of money that makes the procedure just a dream for even those confident that this is how they want to deal with their imminent death.
This is the thing though. I strongly desire to have this procedure done when i die. The sad thing is that I don't think i'm going to live long, not the extended life that I was once confident I would live. It's a real prospect and one way of finding hope is believing that there is a way I could wake up again in a time where medical science had advanced enough to let me live a normal life once again. Life wouldn't be normal for me or any of these people who have been cryogenically frozen. It's a concept of medical fiction at the moment, and this is what concerns me. Even if circumstance means you are lucky enough to have the means and situation to be able to have this freezing process done when you die, there is no certainty that resurrection will ever be medically possible. It's a step into a dark hole that you might never be able to climb out of. That right there gives me butterflies in my stomach, but the idea of being cryogenically frozen gives me hope. When the time comes, I want to have come to the decision that I know will be best for myself. Of course, I need the money first!
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