Immorality of Eternalist Ethics

Zoran Cephalus, in his 2054 book Ethics and Immortality, claimed that Eternity.8 has opened the way to a new ethics, based on 'freedoms to' rather than 'freedoms from'. The basis for this ethics is that Eternity.8 has freed humanity from death, 'from poverty, from pain, from suffering.'

With over 9 billion people in developing countries, compared with 1 billion in developed countries, the claim that Eternity.8 has freed humanity 'from poverty, from pain, from suffering' is clearly exaggerated on this large scale view. The expense of age-retardation procedures makes age-retardation almost entirely exclusive to the affluent of developed economies, leaving over 90% of the world's population unable to benefit from age-retardation and thus unable to experience the freedoms that age-retardation is claimed to bring. Even amongst Eternalists, age-retardation is no panacea with many diseases still inflicting the Eternalist community due largely to poor nutrition and hygiene (see the Texas study).

Nonetheless, the real issue is that the ethics of Eternalists, like Zoran Cephalus, encourages people to pursue lives of consumerism, endless choice and the pleasures of the body. The paradox is, I claim, that we are deprived of our inner freedom by our very pursuit of our own desires. That is, we cannot be truly free unless we commit ourselves to a moral life. As such, I consider Eternalist ethics are immoral, metaphysically and consequentially, and cannot lead to the true freedom they claim.

Galen Rightonbark

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