Easy killings, relative freedoms

Switzerland has started down the slippery slope of allowing people with death wishes to kill themselves. One of the countries that evaded the deNazification trials after WW II by claiming “neutrality.” Eugenics continue where not positively abated.

In a country where President Clinton went out of his way to apologize for the Tuskegee Airmen, where States abandoned their forced sterilization of “mental incompetents” in the 1980’s, reading about a first-world country moving towards helping sick people kill themselves is tragic.

Depression, bi-polar disorders and other mental illnesses can take a rational person and make them think suicide is a real option. They’re right — from a purely animal basis. But the damage they do to family really negates their selfish, tactical, short-sighted attempts to escape their pain. Medicine works. Therapy works. Suicide, as the MASH movie quote went, might be ‘painless,’ but the ‘changes’ it brings on affect the parents and families and co-workers (or fellow students) are far from that.

It’s easy to toss away those in society who waver. It takes a strong society, a just society to stick up for members who are not capable of sticking up for themselves.

Switzerland is showing it’s Nazi roots. The world should look at this, and then look at Darfur, the Gaza Strip and Iraq to see how it can avoid the curse of the blind eye in treating world citizens as they should be treated.

1 comment for “Easy killings, relative freedoms

  1. Anonymous
    February 5, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    The issue is not, perhaps, if some hopelessly ill people may end their lives. It is instead the notion that a class of people identified with some affliction, might end their lives. This is am important, if subtle, difference.

    Today, the depressed may learn that the State supports their right to address their problem through death.

    Tomorrow, any other group of people may learn that they are associated with some affliction for which the State supported (and socially expected) outcome is death. Say, those afflicted with being Muslim. Or, afflicted with Jewishness. Or with limps.

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