Re: Star Trek morality test - best and worst episodes
Unless they were willing to fire Russ and Phillips, there had to be a solution which ended Tuvix's life.
Tuvix was nothing more than a merging of Tuvok and Neelix, and not a original life-form. When the composite being was separated back into it's two original forms, the composite's memories apparently lived on in both Tuvok and Neelix. There was no surprise on their faces when they materialized in sickbay, they remembered the activities of Tuvix, just as Tuvix temporarily retained both of their memories.
There was no "death" of Tuvix.
I don't know about that. Tuvix certainly thought he was dying.
If he was simply a composite of two live beings who were aware, he should have begged to be separated. He did not.
He expressed individuality, consciousness, and a very clear will to live.
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States...The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge'.” - Isaac Asimov