Should Senior Citizens Commit Mass Suicide, or Should We Extend Our Lifespan?

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Around a year ago, Yusuke Narita, an assistant professor at Yale, ignited controversy by suggesting that mass suicide might resolve Japan’s aging population crisis. While he later clarified his statement, emphasizing the need to make space for younger generations, his initial comment triggered concern among seniors and gained support among the youth, who feel overwhelmed by escalating healthcare expenses and the continued dominance of the elderly in positions of authority.

This scenario raises questions about whether the younger generation would be receptive to lifespan extension initiatives. Narita’s comments didn’t directly reference lifespan extension; they were rooted in the current dynamics of an aging society.

However, it’s plausible to assume that younger individuals feeling the strain of the current situation may not readily embrace the prospect of people living even longer than they do now.

David Sinclair addresses this very issue in his book, “Lifespan,” highlighting it as one of the common objections raised against extending human lifespans.

How should we approach this concern?

I delve into this topic in detail in the following video:


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