World State children are conditioned not to fear death. How might this benefit society? If you had the option to let your child be conditioned to “take dying as a matter of course," would you allow it?
A fear of death is considered to be natural, but it also contributes to considerable worry and unrest. A fear of death may also cause people to seek out meaning in their existence, which would be considered a distraction from the seamless efficiency and instant gratification the World State strives for. Students should also be encouraged to consider how the eradication of the fear of death might be a positive thing.
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