Monday, April 21, 2008

“right of the terminally ill to die”

“right of the terminally ill to die”.

Interesting phrase isn't it?

It's one of the most interesting in the entire Worldwide Death Cult.

It always makes me think the same thing. How can there be a "right" to do something that you can't help doing anyway?

Does gravity have a "right to make things fall down"?

Is there a "right to grow older"?

Do teenagers have a "right to be a pain"?

Do leftists have a "right to be stupid and morally bankrupt"?

Obviously it is one of those String Noises we've talked about before. A phrase that gets used, esp. by journalists, that is an obvious bit of propaganda. But I think it is one that is so transparent that Mr. Goebbels would be disinclined to use it. It's too stupid. I think he was better at his job than the current Let's-Kill-Everybody-in-the-Whole-World crowd.

Let's deconstruct it shall we?

Clearly on its face, the phrase is meaningless. So, what else could it mean, other than what it's string-pullers mean you to think it means?

If everyone is going to die anyway, and terminally ill people sooner than most, why do we need a "right"? If there is such a right, it's one that is protected automatically by the laws of nature. So, clearly we don't. No one is taking this one at face value. It's one of those phrases that really says, "We all know what we're really talking about, but we're too polite to say it out loud." Canadians have a problem with the word "toilet". It's not nice. We use the term "washroom", and just grit our teeth and put up with everyone in the world laughing at us.

Euthanasia is a nasty thing. It means killing people we don't want around. When we start using real words, the niceties fall away into the background and sit in the corner sulking.

Whether a person who is "terminally ill" consents becomes a moot point. A terminally ill person (when we are restricting ourselves to killing these) is, by definition, a vulnerable person. Fear and depression can so easily turn into despair and there are the doctor deaths of the world grinning down at them proffering "peaceful pills", essentially assuring them that they do indeed have no hope and no reason to live. When the doctor tells you that you will die of your disease and then offers you a pill to kill yourself with, what sort of message are you going to take away? That there is no other hope, that this death is going to be so unspeakably horrible it is better to let yourself out the back door.

And lets not get into the question of the effect on health care triaging of legalised euthanasia. Especially in countries with all-government health care. When the government and the doctors tell you you're better off dead, how are you going to feel? What about when the government tells you that you don't "qualify" for NHS pain treatment towards the end...when it is going to be really bad. Euthanasia is cheap, don't forget. A lot cheaper than hospice.

But the point is the slimy disingenuousness of the phrase itself. If the matter were one of rights, why are we couching it in such greasy euphemisms. If there is nothing to hide, why use such language? Language that a six-year-old could see is a lie?

1 comment:

M. Alexander said...

...and babies have a right to be aborted.

And this from the people who do everything "for the children".