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for what it's worth, the individual in question has recovered from her acute CHF exacerbation. She'll be back, but I suppose the look on her face, the relative health she radiated when we patched her up, makes the original prompt rather moot. I have not lost one yet, but sometimes what we do can seem so futile, but so is life when faced with death. This one, I'm sure she'll be back, but there is reward to be had in treatment, if only temporary.
The scarcity of most vital non-human resources seems to be artificially maintained. I'm not convinced it's meaningful to describe civilization itself as operating triage. Elaborate? If you're making a straightforward appeal to maximalism, that's more resource management than ethics. Economics and engineering and shit.
The distribution of resources within the civilization is the triage situation, omnipresent.
Perhaps I am melodramatic here, but I can't help but wonder where else the resources might go; from that, the ethical dilemma.
A civilization has many responsiblities, which we might argue it assigns itself by facilitating and enabling the demand for those responsibilities. A 50 something, 50 something BMI patient with heart failure bounces in and out of the ICU. No one ever comes to see her. She makes no effort to improve her situation. Yet the hospital makes every attempt to improve her situation whenever she presents. Not a word or action suggest that she is invested in her own healthcare. Is this ethical, for her, for society?
Technology, in a general sense, increases the human lifespan. It seems like those who take "detrimental" actions in the first world today are nevertheless outliving the typical gentleman of the 1400s. A civilization tends to physically maximize its own living. Meanwhile the breakdown and decay of an individual body remains inevitable. In doing so, then, technological civilizations facilitate and enable recurring medical need in their citizens, thereby assigning themselves some responsibility for care. This is to say nothing of the control of epidemics, which do not bother to audit the lifestyles of the afflicted as they hop from person to person. That said, I think voluntary euthanasia should also be legal.
Perhaps you could find something which facilitates discovery of the physical capabilities of the body. I am terribly bored when I interact with most people, and I am growing slowly bored with my chosen profession, far before I should. I have found, however, that activities which allow me to explore my physical limitations alleviate this boredom.
10,000 Days was a lot better than Latursurusus, due mostly to the second half of Rosetta Stoned, but on balance I still found it to stink of garbage in comparison to AEnima or Undertow. So yeah, I suppose I'd say Tool is in decline. Which is a shame, because they used to be one of the finest bands ever to exist.