"Eternalist" was originally coined to describe the recipients of any life extending medical treatment (Oxford English Dictionary, third edition). This meaning has become so diluted over the past few decades its use has become fraught with ambiguity. Initially media hype (and later advertising hype) for "eternalist tattoos" extended the definition beyond the purely life extending treatments to related procedures. From there the word has been attached to social communties, artistic movements, political methodologies and philosophies such as the pro-death movement, even apostasy. Today the media regularly use "eternalist terrorism" to describe violent action perpetrated by or against recipients of life extending medical treatment.

Julian Kenrick

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