DON’T CUT ME OFF!
1Jaded1 recently asked about local views, and my opinion and views, on medically assisted suicide. There’s very little mention, or pushback, here. After all, we’re safe, sane Canada, not the Bible-thumping Southern Excited States. Do whatever you please, just don’t scare the horses.
The issue does exist here. Locally, it’s been given the cutesy acronym MAID – Medical Assistance In Dying. I don’t know how far that label extends. The very day she asked this question, an Op-Ed letter demanded that “death with dignity” access should be legally guaranteed, as a right.
I stand foursquare behind that. I believe in the maximum of personal freedom. I don’t feel that my bodily autonomy, or anyone else’s, should be violated by some do-gooder’s trumped-up morals.
Be (VERY) careful what you wish for. I can appreciate some people’s worry about the thin edge of the wedge, or the slippery slope. Two days later, another Op-Ed letter arrived. 17 years ago, a man’s family and doctor fought him tooth and nail, to prevent him from accessing MAID. With medication and psychotherapy, he is now a reasonably-functional citizen. He was never promised that he would recover, but he now has hope. He admits that he really didn’t want to die, he just didn’t want to live his nightmare any longer.
I am all for informed personal consent, but to ensure that cases like this do not occur, is going to require some administrative oversight. – a three-doctor panel? This is where the bigots and the bureaucrats get their hooks in, and have a field day ruining running other people’s lives – as they see fit.
The same applies for gender-reassignment therapy. INFORMED personal consent is paramount. If little 8-year-old Billy wants to grow his hair down to his shoulders, and wear hair-bows, nylon panties and dresses, and call
himherself Suzie – let IT! Even non-bigot observers are rightly concerned when WOKE parents are authorizing treatments for pre-pubescent children. You’re not even supposed to get a tattoo until you reach the age of majority – the age of informed personal consent!
Let Billy/Suzie live with the public fallout of the temporary decision for a while. If he/she/it/they are still determined to go ahead, we can be reasonably assured that the choice is valid and duly considered. Both these decisions have offices on a one-way street. Once you start down it, there’s no turning back. Considerable contemplation should be displayed, before a doctor is authorized to prescribe an overdose amount of Nembutal or Propofol, or before they lop Billy’s wiener off, and start pumping hormones in.
Pragmatically, especially on the suicide issue, I say go ahead – unless they’re directly related to me. Earth’s population is now over 8 BILLION! The overcrowded rats are beginning to nip at each other. I can see you, Vladimir Putin. I fear that a drastic reduction in population is going to occur anyway. I can see you, COVID19, and all your mutant cousins. A bunch of suicides might help reduce the social pressure by eliminating the emotionally inadaptable from the gene pool.
A lad from Montreal committed suicide on his 16th birthday. On the next anniversary, his distraught mother also committed suicide. On the third anniversary, his bereaved father also committed suicide. I don’t wish to appear hard or uncaring (Oh, go ahead) but, apart from cleaning up the mess, and the confusion and sadness of friends and relatives – perhaps we are all better off without their contagious weakness.
A representative of the Council of Canadian Academies wants all levels of government to do something about the profusion of scientific misinformation which has caused many preventable COVID deaths. In addition to regulating social media platforms and private messaging apps, Ottawa needs to support the production and distribution of science-based, factual information. Science communication is facing an uphill battle.
This is one of the things that most irks me most about some Christian Apologetics debaters. They ask, “Even if Atheists could prove that there’s no God, (That’s not our job – or our aim!) what’s wrong with believing something that’s false?” Because it can get you killed!! Worse yet, you can take your family, your neighbors, your friends, and even ME along with you. I see you, Jim Jones, and David Koresh.
That’s when and why I begin to care – deeply, strongly! In the movie, Spy Game, Robert Redford played an old agent, training a new agent. At one point he advises, “If it comes down to between you and him – Send flowers.” I’m sorry that you are so dumb and gullible that you will believe internet/religious conspiracy theories. Please accept this lovely bouquet of Chrysanthemums. We’re all probably better off without you.”
Despite those who see only in black and white, there is no perfect world, and there is no one-size-fits-all, perfect answer to either of these problems. We’ll just have to live (or die) with imperfect humans – and keep your nose out of other people’s business, lest someone use it as an exclamation point. 😳