Update: There was some confusion about where to find the poll. Bad post design. Sorry. I’ve now moved it up to the top. Please click on all the answers that seem true to you.
This week, my friends, I’d really like to get your input on something.
The other night, as I was watching the usual parade of age-related drug and medical commercials during the evening news, (the target demographic for network news is pretty unmistakable these days,) I thought I heard a subliminal message running throughout. If I’m hearing correctly, it’s an oblique, unspoken promise to the general population that goes something like this:
If we (i.e. medical scientific research) can find a cure for aging and disease, then nobody will have to die anymore.
Is it just me, or is there an unconscious (conscious?) expectation being fostered in our public awareness that someday death will be “cured”?
Do you think death is curable?
In order to take a broader pulse, I’ve developed this brief, informal poll. (Here’s hoping it works. I’ve never done a poll before.)
If you wouldn’t mind, I’d really appreciate your taking a moment to answer. In fact, if you wanted to invite anybody else to take this poll, too, well that would be just dandy. There are various ways to share the link below, or you can always cut and paste the URL yourself.
The more the merrier.
And if you’re as curious as I am to find out if there’s a real paradigm shift taking place (i.e. we’re starting to believe en masse that we don’t have to die) there should be a tab at the bottom of the poll you can click on to see the results so far.
I know the possibilities I’ve provided are pretty limited, so if you have an insight that doesn’t fit in to any of the choices provided, feel free to expand in the comment section. I’d really like to hear what you think. This is driving me nuts.
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