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When assisted suicide becomes the norm in the US

do you think old people will be pressured to "do the right thing" and off themselves so they don't become financial burdens to their families? would assisted suicide become the noble thing to do?

it would be a terrible thing to be old and sick and have your family make subtle hints about finances.
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do you think old people will be pressured to "do the right thing" and off themselves so they don't become financial burdens to their families? would assisted suicide become the noble thing to do?

it would be a terrible thing to be old and sick and have your family make subtle hints about finances.

Eventually we'll be required by law to off ourselves at 60 years of age. One day a brilliant scientist on the verge of saving the world will turn 60 and face a major dilemna: suicide, or salvation of the species.

/obscure Trek reference
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When have old people ever not been a financial burden? I don't see this becoming a huge problem, really.
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When have old people ever not been a financial burden? I don't see this becoming a huge problem, really.
When have snot nosed angst ridden pimple faced teenagers and children ever not been a financial burden. You are sounding a lot like Hitler, lets just kill everyone who doesn’t carry their own weight, only the profitable will survive, and then eventually only those of a certain degree of profitability will be allowed to survive. Sucks to be you under those conditions.

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At least I wont have to listen to old people jokes anymore. I see all these kids wearing Old Navy t-shirts and I want to know where the new navy is hahaha! JESUS CHRIST MY HEART
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At least I wont have to listen to old people jokes anymore. I see all these kids wearing Old Navy t-shirts and I want to know where the new navy is hahaha! JESUS CHRIST MY HEART
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When have snot nosed angst ridden pimple faced teenagers and children ever not been a financial burden. You are sounding a lot like Hitler, lets just kill everyone who doesn’t carry their own weight, only the profitable will survive, and then eventually only those of a certain degree of profitability will be allowed to survive. Sucks to be you under those conditions.

No, I agree with you - the very old and the very young have always, and will always be in large part a financial burden. I'm not saying we should kill them, I'm saying that they aren't going to become a big issue, so why bother worrying about assisted suicide?
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They wouldn't be a burden if our damn government would get shit in order and let things work out for retirment well enough and get things straightend out.

Also i remember reading somewhere the the US was one of the only countries that has Retirment homes that the kids can place their parents in.

In some countries the parents can sue the kids for not taking care of them.
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That's what nursing homes are for.
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They wouldn't be a burden if our damn government would get shit in order and let things work out for retirment well enough and get things straightend out.
The only way that anything will be straightened out is if the government gets the hell out of the retirement business.
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Think of it as payback for looking after you for your first years on Planet Earth..
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When have old people ever not been a financial burden? I don't see this becoming a huge problem, really.

Throughout human existance until the last 80 years.
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Throughout human existance until the last 80 years.

Okay, maybe I'll modify my statement from the rather broad category of all human existance.

I'd say old people became less valuable to society once that whole "literacy" thing happened, around the Renaissance.
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Okay, maybe I'll modify my statement from the rather broad category of all human existance.

I'd say old people became less valuable to society once that whole "literacy" thing happened, around the Renaissance.

That would be the begining of the end. But not the end. Until the patent system came into effect the old people were a treasure.
Digitalis was discovered and lost 3 times in history because some old fart took the secret to his grave. Or his student was too busy smoking something to remember.
The renaissance was nice but only affected the elite for a significant time.
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