Ending Lives



Longevity is an important aspect of the good life, but the discussion thus far identifies two reasons for limiting the prolongation of life. Unlike the tedium of immortality, which is likely to affect individuals only if increases in life spans are significant, the fair distribution of resources to ensure that every person has the opportunity to flourish is already a problem that modest increases in longevity may exacerbate. A third reason concerns the deterioration of the quality of an individual’s life as they grow older. In such a situation, people may seek an end to their lives, either through their own or another’s endeavours.


Life Span Average Life Expectancy Normal Life Span Assisted Suicide Maximum Life Span 
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