Friday, August 12, 2016

Celebrating suicide - The Left has been making dystopian science fiction a reality since 1918.

This perverse.

Terminally ill woman holds two-day party for her 30 closest friends and family and kills herself at the end
Betsy Davis, 41, became one of the first Californians to take a lethal dose of drugs under the state's new doctor-assisted suicide law

"Lord of the World" was written by Robert Hughes Benson around 1907 predicted a world where accident victims would be ministered to by "euthanasia squads" and euthanasia would be presented as a trendy and beautiful life event for those tired of living. Here is a passage:

//When she was gone, he still sat on a moment where she bad left him. Dear me! how pleased he was! He did not like to think of what life would have been without her. He had known her since she was twelve--that was seven years ago-and last year they had gone together to the district official to make their contract. She had really become very necessary to him. Of course the world could get on without her, and he supposed that he could too; but he did not want to have to try. He knew perfectly well, for it was his creed of human love, that there was between them a double affection, of mind as well as body; and there was absolutely nothing else: but he loved her quick intuitions, and to hear his own thought echoed so perfectly. It was like two flames added together to make a third taller than either: of course one flame could burn without the other--in fact, one would have to, one day--but meantime the warmth and light were exhilarating. Yes, he was delighted that she happened to be clear of the falling volor.

He gave no more thought to his exposition of the Christian creed; it was a mere commonplace to him that Catholics believed that kind of thing; it was no more blasphemous to his mind so to describe it, than it would be to laugh at a Fijian idol with mother-of-pearl eyes, and a horse-hair wig; it was simply impossible to treat it seriously. He, too, had wondered once or twice in his life how human beings could believe such rubbish; but psychology had helped him, and he knew now well enough that suggestion will do almost anything. And it was this hateful thing that had so long restrained the euthanasia movement with all its splendid mercy.//

Notice the note of inhuman indifference to the fact of tragedy that the female character might have died in the "volor" accident? Everything is expressed in terms of serene materialism; the world will go on without that person. That person's life doesn't matter and, in fact, might be inconvenient.

And now we come to a newspaper article that celebrates the celebration of indifferent people standing around laughing and chatting about a woman who is about to kill herself when a normal human reaction might be to plead with her not to do this terrible thing.


Bobby said...

In the end, a women with a fatal disease of the nervous system chose to end her own life rather than face the horrible end stages of the disease. The majority of Californians believe it is appropriate to have allowed her to make this choice and that in such a case it is not up to the state to determine the time of her death. So now you have a choice to make:

1. Bang your head against the wall of history with vocal and public high-minded disdain and scorn for the actual world you live in and the citizens you share it with. Perhaps feeling morally and spiritually superior will make your way through life and its myriad changes easier for you. I suspect, tough, it will just lead to your further bitterness and expressions of hatred for your fellow man.

2. Leave the state and find a place to live that does not allow the terminally to make their own choices about how and when their life will end. OF course, 1 and 2 are not mutually exclusive.

3. Stew in silence, trapped, convinced that you know what is best and what is best for the lives of others. Again, bitterness and hatred will continue.

I suspect you will continue on with #1 bitterly making sure your fellow citizens know you believe your own thinking to be far superior to there's. Good luck.

Lauran said...

So, to empathize is to euthanize?

Thank you Bobby for your astute observations on the complexities of life and death decisions. Your break-down of the three-option method is especially helpful.

How fortunate we are to have not only your own, but California’s (unanimous), thumbs-up on ending it all when the time is “appropriate."

Bobby said...

How fortunate we are in California to not have Lauran and Peter Sean to decide how we each individually approach the end of our lives when faced with a terminal illness. I value my liberty, which sometimes needs to be protected from irksome and unexamined views of ethics and morality established in the Middle Ages.

Peter Bradley said...

Of course, my fourth alternative is to point out that people like Bobby are creating an inhuman society, one imagined by Robert Hughes Benson 100 years ago.

Bobby will some day understand that his dream is the stuff of inhuman nightmares.

But by then it will be too late.

Bobby said...

Some day, Peter, you will die, and I'm not convinced you will want the State to decide very many aspects of how that happens.

Then again, go far enough in any political direction and you start to realize you are behaving like your political enemies.

Peter Bradley said...

And once again, you demonstrate your inability to read.

I didn't say anything about the State.

I did say something about a culture that treats a tragedy as an opportunity for taking selfies.

If it wasn't for making points with strawmen, you'd make no points at all.

Bobby said...

So said the king of the strawmen. Want some fire, Scarecrow?

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