“The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology. And it is terrifically dangerous, and it is now approaching a point of crisis overall.”
W.O. Wilson (in 2009 I believe) was responding to the question, "Will we solve the crises of the next hundred years?" He wasn't talking about our approach to the end of life. But I think his statement helps highlight the systemic barriers to change that we face in this challenge. We are driven by ancient emotions of love and fear that we don't always understand. We must work with institutions that are built for an earlier era. And (perhaps therefore) we allow technology and its possibilities to dominate our decision-making.
It struck a chord with a pediatrician I know, who wrote, "I've been taking care of children on life support all week and leave each room thinking this exact thought every day. Has anyone figured out how to reconcile this?"