Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Slippery Slope



Mercy killing, euthanasia, assisted suicide are being presented by the media as acts of compassion. What's the betting Ray Gosling, in the above video, will be acquitted of the crime of murder? The BBC is presenting this case of their former broadcast journalist with the bias that all the media is showing: that these acts of "putting someone down" are acts of compassion, and should not be treated as crimes.

Yes, they are "putting someone down", just as we would put down a domestic pet. And that argument is put forward all the time: we would not let a pet suffer like this. It is precisely because people are not animals and pets, that we don't "put them down". Life is a continuum from beginning to end, and someone's death is part of that continuum.

The emphasis needs to be on the elimination of pain and the easing of someone's suffering, not hastening their death because we think that it is just too excruciating for them to live. Excruciating for whom? With the variety of pain relief that is now available, most pain can be controlled and it is known from palliative care studies, that most people whose pain is controlled no longer wish to die.

When the media shows stories like this to the public, they are pushing the agenda of the euthanasia lobby upon society. Most journalists share the bias of the liberal left, and that includes favouring euthanasia.

After all, once God and eternity and the ultimate meaning of life have been shoved out of the picture, what is left except the feelings of people? There is no room for any idea that life might be more than what we see, that a person's soul might actually be something worth respecting, that a person actually is composed of body and soul. As it stands now, only the person's body is being considered and the feelings of those who watch their suffering.

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