One of the most important things it seems people can do is to not be quiet about the cause. Like, if a person has gone, for example, a whole year where they have kept their thoughts about indefinite life extension to themselves, then that’s 364 days too many. If every day each in the crowd of indefinite life extension supporters talks about this in some capacity, then every day this cause grows and expands outward. Over the course of months, and years, and decades, that makes ALL the difference in the world. That’s why volunteers working with things like the internet networking project and the letter writing outreach are so important.
I understand the potency of this, I know most of us do, but then I was inspired even further this week while promoting the Longecity cryonics research fundraiser. Now, I can’t remember who all in my Facebook list supports what, cryonics, transhumanism, activism, agnosticism, etc… So the approach I have had to adapt to that is to IM them and ask them if they support cryonics. If they say yes, I tell them about the research fundraiser. If they say no however, no use wasting an opportunity, may as well tell them about cryonics. So I’ve been explaining cryonics to people that don’t really know what it is or haven’t really considered it before. To my surprise, most people are saying essentially, “you know I guess that does make sense, and why not, same general price and all too.”
I was expecting at least 80% of those that don’t know about or think about it to scoff and huff and stomp off calling it strange and dumb. It really opened my eyes even further to the power of simply informing people. Tell them, just tell them about this cause. Keep on spreading the word.
Edited by brokenportal, 08 February 2012 - 07:40 AM.