Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Bizarre Cult of Euthanasia

Euthanasia is truly bizarre. I’m not aware of any significant movement in the most destitute and oppressed countries in the world agitating for euthanasia. This seems to be a movement largely confined to the more developed part of the world where, because staying alive is easier, life becomes expendable. What a curious idea. It seems to me that when it comes to desperate circumstances, one can’t get much worse than the dictatorship of China or the poverty of Haiti. But where are the euthanasia movements in those countries? While millions perished in the gulags and the concentration camps, many others survived. Apparently they thought that life, even under the worst dictatorships known to men, is worth living. What excuse do the comparatively comfortable people of the West have? Ultimately, euthanasia is not about sympathy for the suffering, but self-indulgence.

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