Question 2: “Would you suffocate your mother?”

by Datechguy | November 2nd, 2012

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Question 2: "Would you suffocate your mother?"

You are Obsolete

The Twi­light Zone 1961

Indeed the safest road to Hell is the grad­ual one — the gen­tle slope, soft under­foot, with­out sud­den turn­ings, with­out mile­stones, with­out signposts,

C.S. Lewis The Screw­tape Let­ters #12

Because of the storm which Can­celled the Rom­ney event in NH on Tues­day I was able to attend the weekly game night with the crew I’ve been play­ing with for decades.

Dur­ing the course of the evening a Ques­tion 2 ad showed up on the TV and a heated dis­cus­sion took place between me (Catholic and opposed) and every­one else.

While most thought the law poorly writ­ten they all agreed the best solu­tion was to pass it then “fix” it.

Dur­ing the course of the evening a friend at the table brought up his late moth­ers ill­ness and her pain in the clos­ing weeks and the advan­tage such a law would have been, I then asked a provoca­tive question:

If you could do it with­out legal issues would you have suf­fo­cated your mother if she asked?”

My friend reacted very angrily to that argu­ment, and the other insisted that it was not rel­e­vant or the point, but I say it exactly IS the point.

The worst thing you can give a per­son when deal­ing with a ques­tion of moral­ity or ethics is an excuse. With the right excuse peo­ple who would nor­mally con­sider an action immoral or evil will sud­denly find them­selves not only doing it but jus­ti­fy­ing it.

If the idea of killing the sick, is just and right and a mercy if they wish it, then the fact that it is your mother, your wife, your child would be totally irrel­e­vant, in fact you would be doing a pos­i­tive good.

It’s been argued that it would be a bur­den? WHY would it be a bur­den? Why should it be any bur­den at all if it is a pos­i­tive good.

The real­ity is this is not about the peo­ple who are dying, it is about the peo­ple who are liv­ing who do not want the respon­si­bil­ity, they want an easy way out. They can put things on a doc­tor and tell them­selves that they didn’t have to go though the expense, the time and the effort to keep an elderly or sick rel­a­tive alive so much eas­ier to take the sim­ple path. To kill by omis­sion on your part and com­mis­sion and call it “dignity”.

And to the old, decid­ing to hang on, to live your life, to con­tinue to fight for the life that God gave you will be “self­ish”, expen­sive, incon­sid­er­ate. They will have all of soci­ety telling them to exit with “dig­nity” and those who do will be cel­e­brated for doing so.

It is a hor­ri­ble and evil thing and mark my words, as the gen­er­a­tions that were taught the sanc­tity of life age and die, the gen­er­a­tions that replace them with­out such a teach­ing will find a pos­i­tive good in these death and it will be this gen­er­a­tion that voted this in that will be ush­ered off by a soci­ety that finds them Obsolete.

You are Obsolete

The Twilight Zone 1961

Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts,

C.S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters #12

Because of the storm which Cancelled the Romney event in NH on Tuesday I was able to attend the weekly game night with the crew I’ve been playing with for decades.

During the course of the evening a Question 2 ad showed up on the TV and a heated discussion took place between me (Catholic and opposed) and everyone else.

While most thought the law poorly written they all agreed the best solution was to pass it then “fix” it.

During the course of the evening a friend at the table brought up his late mothers illness and her pain in the closing weeks and the advantage such a law would have been, I then asked a provocative question:

“If you could do it without legal issues would you have suffocated your mother if she asked?”

My friend reacted very angrily to that argument, and the other insisted that it was not relevant or the point, but I say it exactly IS the point.

The worst thing you can give a person when dealing with a question of morality or ethics is an excuse. With the right excuse people who would normally consider an action immoral or evil will suddenly find themselves not only doing it but justifying it.

If the idea of killing the sick, is just and right and a mercy if they wish it, then the fact that it is your mother, your wife, your child would be totally irrelevant, in fact you would be doing a positive good.

It’s been argued that it would be a burden? WHY would it be a burden? Why should it be any burden at all if it is a positive good.

The reality is this is not about the people who are dying, it is about the people who are living who do not want the responsibility, they want an easy way out. They can put things on a doctor and tell themselves that they didn’t have to go though the expense, the time and the effort to keep an elderly or sick relative alive so much easier to take the simple path. To kill by omission on your part and commission and call it “dignity”.

And to the old, deciding to hang on, to live your life, to continue to fight for the life that God gave you will be “selfish”, expensive, inconsiderate.  They will have all of society telling them to exit with “dignity” and those who do will be celebrated for doing so.

It is a horrible and evil thing and mark my words, as the generations that were taught the sanctity of life age and die, the generations that replace them without such a teaching will find a positive good in these death and it will be this generation that voted this in that will be ushered off by a society that finds them Obsolete.

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