A set of twins live in Oslo, they have a family, children, grandchildren, jobs, hobbies. Maybe they have your exact life. Now they each get struck by a disease, a deadly disease if not treated.
Twin A is put in a hospital with a thousand staff-members that work on shifts to treat and cure the disease with every expensive option available. This is done because people think it is wrong that this particular disease kills people. The disease is looked on as unnessesary, and even if there is just a snowballs chance in hell that Twin A survives, they will put all their resources into making sure Twin A survives.
It is hoped that if they spend enough money researching and treating Twin A then Twin A can eventually go home and continue his/her life. Working, playing, perhaps even treating others so they also can be cured of the diseases that strike them.
Twin B is put in a room where there are no efforts made to treat or cure the disease. The idea is that Twin B shall remain there until the disease kills him/her. It will take months, years, before Twin B dies. Months, years, that could have been spent treating the disease. The reason for this is that this particular disease that Twin B suffers from is not thought of as bad, it is in fact considered positive that it kills people because of cultural reasons. I repeat, it is considered positive that this particular disease kills people. That is like if you get sick by E.Coli and we cheer-on E.Coli instead of helping you win over E.Coli.
The even more baffling thing is that Twin A has the same disease as Twin B, but it is asymptomatic in Twin A for several more years. So Twin A is kept alive through disease only so that Twin A can be kept in a place to suffer the same agonizing fate as Twin B. We will help Twin A with an enormous amount of resources to add a decade of good health before the Twin B disease hits Twin A. We will cure one disease, only to give up on the next. We will spend lots of resources treating a disease, and then turn completely around and only keep the person comfortable while we intentionally do not treat the disease.
What would you feel like if you were Twin B? What if you were now diagnosed with lets say Cancer, and you were put a home with others with cancer, but you never got surgery, never got chemotherapy, never got any medical treatment whatsoever to try to cure your cancer. The government would not even earmark a penny to find effective treatments against your type of cancer. What would that feel like? It would feel like being buried alive while no one tries to stop it. On your deathbed you will lack the energy to protest, and because of that you will accept death literally over your dead body.
Now, if you have not figured it out, Twin A and B is suffering from a set of processes that progressively reduce the time before the individual is likely to suffer a permanent loss of physical or mental capacity. Also known as Aging. Twin A is first struck by a disease not commonly associated with aging, while Twin B is struck by what is commonly associated with aging.
We speak of equality between men and women, equality between races, equality between rich and poor, equality between species even. Why the hell do we not speak of equality between young and old? An old person has just as much right to live as a young person, that we spend practically no money at all on certain portions of the aging process is unethical, its despicable. We intentionally spend a small amount of money on aging (and subsequently old people), and give tax-incentives for people that make new people.
The most common argument against treating aging is overpopulation, but the way to stop overpopulation is by limiting the amount of children we produce. NOT by letting people die of diseases that we do not bother researching. To use overpopulation as an excuse against treating aging while NOT enforcing limitations on procreation is also despicable. And also, babies become old people, at which point do we stop caring about babies? When they are 90 years old? If age killed babies would we do something about it? Will it really take such extreme events before we research this fundamental part of life?
Click the bar at the top and help research on the aging process with the goal of developing treatments that add years to our healthspan (the amount of time it takes before we get noticeably bad health).