Tuesday, February 08, 2011

"Recently, I had three former CEOs of companies -- perfectly healthy -- who called me up and told me they wish to die"

...Says Kevorkian, the man with "no regrets" - after being told 5 of the 100 people he helped commit suicide that were discovered didn't qualify for his concept of "patholysis". His response when asked;

"So... what did you do? What did you tell them?" I asked gently. "No, nothing," he said with a dismissive wave of his hand. "I didn't do anything, but people have their rights."

For Kavorkian, a champion of "right to death", this is clearly beyond a right to euthenasia, what he is generally considered a defender of. He is offering a service, propounding a personal a definition of the value of all human life. A personal definition of significance is personal - even where the definition is the significance of the person. He may have a personal 'standard' as a facilitator of death, but what standards do those seeking his aid have in seeking death? Kavorkian and these CEOs seem to share an emphasis on rights over responsibilities, common enough in this hell-bound handbasket world.
Of the CEOs who contacted him, how many have families, children, responsibilities, potential solutions they've refused to explore until life gives them no 'choice' but take it or leave it? Whatever ones views on euthanasia in physical illness - clearly not everyone who wants to die mercifully is as much of a "burden" to others as they may believe, very few in this world have been "strong enough to go on" on their own ("person") - because none of us are in our own world - even those who are claimed to be by others. Many kinds of suffering - the suffering of a "me", of an "I" -"My" suffering, in each case - have been and are surmounted by people who believed, at the time, that their life was insurmountable - ourselves, and people we know who lived on to make life livable for others. Granted I am speaking with those who are not unanimously regarded candidates for euthanasia.
In this world, where death is always inevitable and life is not, where one decision can render void in seconds a life of choices, rights and responsibilties, I think we should at least be skeptical of missionaries - for that is what he is, a missionary who is promoting his personal standards of death-worthiness - who treat all of life itself as merely another choice. Particularly where we call a spade a spade, a missionary a missionary - and others call them heroes.


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