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However, none of that would really matter if I were dying in some horrible way. I'd love to say I could resist and just die a noble death, but in all reality if I was in horrible pain that had no end in sight and immortality was my only way out, I'd probably do it.
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I personally wouldn't take an immortality serum at all, but I definitely wouldn't after knowing the origins.
Victims are needed no matter what. Rabies is a prime example of victims. Even now if u get rabies you only have so long to decide if you want to go through the shots to protect yourself, incas you have gotten it. If you don't take the shots and you have rabies. You will die, thus making you a victim of a disease. The greater of the rabies vaccine actually used the antidote on himself first to see if it would cure the rabies first. Most would consider getting a cure for rabies in that manner very unethical. And what if this doctor had been wrong.....then he would be a victim. So there are so many ways to see this....
This victims thing is an even bigger can of worms once opened. Even now most research is conducted on animals first.....then approved for human trials. Non of the animals voluntarily said they would like to participate. So in essence these animals are all victims. It just depends on what your definition of victims are......
So, if you were offered a drug that conferred immortality, but you knew it was based on research that involved torturing, killing, and maiming thousands - would you take it?
The answer to this is very question dependent. This is a good example the importance of question framing. The obvious answer is no except for the very weird among us.
Other commenters have alluded to similarities with organ donors or organ donation. I believe this to be accurate but that answer was addressed by other commenters noting the matter of willingness of the victims. Also true but that is mitigated by the idea that not all donors are willing. The terminally ill, those incarcerated and promised a quick death; we can find instances where donors are not always willing. The reader should not confine thinking to western values. There is a lot of bad stuff that happens outside the boundaries of protected democracies.