Saturday, January 22, 2005

Euthanasia

A man is saying he wil commit suicide via starvation because euthinasia is not legal.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10007151

frankly I found his particular case unconvincing he is planning on starving himself by halving his food intake (or somthign like that) - now the problem is that a human can survive on A LOT less than the average intake of food in NZ. It seems this slow starvation strategy is the work of a massochist and a person who wants as much publicity for his strategy as possible as opposed to a person realy trying to solve the problem. Also he has chosen as noted aove, a rather unplesant way to die.

One has to wonder why he is not going cold turkey or using any of the other usual methods. the voluntary euthinasia method of falling off somwhere high head first has been around for a long time but is not used all that often..
If he asks to go to a bridge (not a moterway one pls that would be too dangerous for others - water would be fine) and rols himself over the edge he will solve his problem.

Having said that if I put on my hard core utalitarian/nationalist hat if we were to make euthinasia easily available and thus we were to eliminate lets say 10,000 people a year it could go a long way to reducing costs of medical care and so forth because the old the physicaly sick the mentally sick and those that judge themselves hopeless would use it. We could then provide much better care to those that remain.

If you find that idea repulsive and a slippery slope then you really need to watch out because it is a rational one. It would be very hard to defend some arbitrary level of difficulty used to arange euthanasia. once it is alowed why not allow pills on the shelf? and "euthanasia councelling" firms?

1 Comments:

Anonymous Justin McMahan said...

Dude, that is the sickest thing i have ever heard. You're going to Hell. Also, you need to learn how to spell.

2:23 PM  

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