Death Pods

Suicide Is Still Never the Answer

In the 1999 animated TV show Futurama, the pilot episode begins with the main character being cryogenically frozen and waking up in the year a.d. 3000. Being unfamiliar with this radically changed world, he steps into a phone booth to try to call his only living relative. Unfortunately for him, it is not a phone booth, but rather a suicide booth, which politely asks him to select his mode of death: "quick and painless or slow and horrible." Accidentally selecting "slow and horrible," the terrified character has to dodge an assortment of blades, saws, and knives attempting to dismember him. Though he survives, the automated booth informs him that "You are now dead. Thank you for using...


is the Event & Executive Services Manager at The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. He holds a BA in psychology from Nyack College and MAs in church history and theological studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #60, Spring 2022 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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