Recently, in the wake of an article highlighting humane treatment of Norweigan prisoners, HN discussed the illogicity of a state spending $x incarcerating Y million people when those same funds could be redirected to solving a problem [say, a specific cancer] that affects Yx10 citizens.
The reply was an affirmation of the human psychological predeliction for retribution towards human-actor trauma and a general tolerance for nature-actor trauma, resulting in the justice system many western countries ‘enjoy’ today.
This was rightly exposed as an emotional arguement mostly devoid of utilitarian pragmatism, a fact acknowledged by it’s supporters with a collaroy of ‘this is reality, deal with it’.
Essentially, average joe citizen is totally happy for those who break arbitrary societal expectations to have state-inflicted misery cast upon him at the expense of solving bigger problems for more people with the same shared resources.
The following day, Google announced a life extension initative which put brand name awareness and fiscal resources behind the work of Aubrey de Gray and co. Expect overwhelming support? Think again.
The general consensus of this thread is transhuman health breakthroughs should only be persued if they can be made available to everyone.
Any alternate scenario, like a for-profit enterprise investing resources devised from improving innumerable lives through technology to – lo and behold – do the same in another area in which capitalist motive can achieve in parallel an improvement on the human condition, is unacceptable on the grounds that it will widen the socioeconomic divide and create a ‘gerentocracy’.
Putting these two rediculously emotional positions together: everyone is born equal and is entitled to everything anyone else is entitled to – and nothing more – unless they break arbitrary rules in which case they are entitled to signifigantly less than any other [and for a longer than practical period of time].
Who stands to gain from such a dystopic, egalitarian, mundane existence? Most people, apparently. Shudder.