The image in the top left corner is an euthanasia — a
The supreme court of Canada gave parliament until 2016-02 to come up with a new euthanasia law. Here are
some of the principles I think should be embodied in the new
- It should be completely secular. It should not be influenced by
religious thinking such as the existence of a soul, that god owns
you, that there is an afterlife, that you will be tortured for
eternity… Of course patients are free to take such
considerations into their private deliberations.
- Clergy from a different religion should not be permitted to try
to influence a patient’s decision.
- The patient, not the doctor, not the family, should be the final
decider. Even if the patient has become demented, their written
instructions should prevail. Only the patient can adequately judge
his subjective experience and quality of life.
- It should be possible for the patient to change his mind at any
- When authorities are having difficulty deciding whether to give
permission to die, they should simply delay deciding for yet
- Terminal illness is just one possible criterion. I would give
permission to die to someone trapped in a paralysed body unable to
move, someone both deaf and blind or someone in pain.
- There should be a simple binding checkbox form that you have
witnessed. All you have to do is fill in a later dated new one to
override previous ones. You should not need a lawyer unless you have
- It should be illegal for a physician to withhold basic
information about the new law from patients.
- If all goes well, many young people seeking suicide for emotional
trauma will apply. This is a wonderful opportunity to steer them to
therapy. This is true for all people applying for trivial
- Currently, we are far kinder to our pets than our parents. We
force them to suffer far more than our pets. We must allow our
parents to choose to avoid similar suffering.
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War Destroys Ecosystems
War would be not quite so terrible if it just reduced populations without destroying
~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:67)
Through a slight of hand, using the fact that so many people have swallowed the
religious superstition of souls, the Catholic church has managed to frame the abortion
debate as though it were about the murder of adult humans. What they mean is dislodging
imaginary souls. From a scientific perspective, at that early stage, a human is no more
grandiose than a blood cell and its life does not begin in
any sense of non-living ingredients coming together to form something alive. All that
happens is pre-existing cells divide and recombine and die. Catholics are so vain. They
claim that the entire universe was created just for their pleasure. No wonder they
imagine human cellular reproduction deserves to be accompanied by the sound of trumpets
and can only occur via inscrutable holy magic. This debate is really about Catholics
getting their evidence-free soul theory enforced in law. It is really about demanding
maximum fecundity to swell the coffers of the church. How do you know? The church
applauds killing embryos as a side effect of in-vitro fertilisation. It is hard to have
an honest debate when the church refuses to admit why it actually opposes
~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:67)
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