Post Tagged with: "euthanasia"

Suicidal ‘Dignity’

Suicidal ‘Dignity’

Dying with dignity does not require suicide. The scenario posited by Governor Brown, in which a dying person is given the option to die in pain or die with dignity, presents a false choice and assumes that there are only two alternatives at the end of life – pain or death.

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Decreasing the Surplus Population

Decreasing the Surplus Population

When considering how something like euthanasia impacts us as a society, a people, and a culture, the personal perspective cannot be our primary concern. But we have glorified our autonomy and individual choice to such an extent that it has radically skewed our perspective on life and death. Rather than asking questions about how our governments or healthcare systems ought to approach human life, or what the impact of a person’s death would be on her family, friends, and community, we instead fixate on whether the individual is faced with unwanted suffering or unhappiness.

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To Err on the Side of Life

To Err on the Side of Life

Recognizing our fallibility, society should err on the side of preserving innocent life. Conflicting hearsay and self-interested decision making should not suffice to end the life of another, as it did in the Terri Schiavo case. The consequences of being wrong are simply too great.

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A New Year’s Resolution You’re Not Considering

A New Year’s Resolution You’re Not Considering

New Year’s Resolutions tend towards the personal: lose weight, take up a hobby, spend more time with the family, get up earlier, read great books, etc. But this new year I beg people to take some time to learn more about bioethics. The stakes are high. Our definitions of life, death, and human dignity are up for grabs, so we must not abdicate our moral duty to be informed about such weighty matters.

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A Future Fraught with Tension

A Future Fraught with Tension

It is hard to conceive how any society can flourish in the long-term without a well-balanced, multigenerational demographic and a culture that supports it. With our increasingly aging population, self-centered attitudes, high rates of abortion, and low birth rates, you can bet that our future will be fraught with tension and that the gap between the Boomers and the younger generations will widen in more ways than one.

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Jack "Dr. Death" Kevorkian (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The Press for Assisted Suicide

Since law tends to be a reflection of culture, it is incumbent upon policy makers to understand the implications of embracing the “right to die” movement wholesale. They will also do well to remember that the idea that there are some lives “not worth living” undergirded Adolph Hitler’s Aryan-supremacy world view. His policy of eliminating the “unworthy” began with the mentally handicapped and physically disabled but spread to millions of Jews.

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Boomers vs. Millenials

Boomers vs. Millenials

There have been countless recent articles analyzing the millennial generation and its distinctive characteristics, but too many are ignoring an upcoming conflict that could define the generation: the aging baby boomers are going to be a big problem for millennials and their parents in the coming decades. With people living longer than ever and needing evermore costly end-of-life medical procedures, we are looking at an incredibly difficult next few decades for the younger generations. It’s hard to see any alternative to a future of generational strife.

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The Rush to Death

The Rush to Death

Jahi McMath, a 13 year old girl, endured a tonsillectomy per the recommendation of doctors. (Family wants to keep life support for girl brain dead after tonsil surgery. – CNN – 12/18/13) The operation took place December 9, 2013, followed by whatever it was that transpired during surgery, or Jahi’s after care, and ending (thus far) in doctors declaring her brain dead and a coroner seemingly in the rush to grab her for the slab. Is there a quota or something?

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Jack Kevorkian, assisted suicide activist (Photo credit: William M)

Blinded by the Light of Celebrity

The push to legalize assisted suicide in the U.K. has been ongoing for several years. And much in the same way that the American mainstream media does everything in its considerable power to advance the agenda of President Obama, the BBC seems quite happy to use its influence to advance the cause of one, Lord Falconer, and his assisted-suicide legislation. This truly is a brilliant strategy. Winning hearts and minds through the power of celebrity. If supergenius Stephen Hawking has reached the conclusion that assisted suicide is a good thing, well then it must be a good thing. He’s so smart, after all. Just like Scarlett Johansson and Kerri Washington are so pretty. They couldn’t possibly be wrong, or misguided, or shortsighted, or self-centered.

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Child survivors of Auschwitz

A Brutal Brave New World

I wonder what Aristotle (and other ancient philosophers, for that matter) would have to say about contemporary culture’s dearth of ethical virtue? It is not unreasonable to conclude that they would assume that we’re a godless people, nurtured on vice, starved of virtue, and incapable of distinguishing between good and evil.

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