But I repeat myself.
Jack Kevorkian’s quality of life has gone markedly down since he was sentenced to prison eight years ago. He’s now out at the age of 79, and I’m sure those aches and pains are kicking in big time….
My question to Kevorkian is: when he is going to follow in the path of the 130 people whose deaths he helped engineer and take his own life?
Kevorkian saw himself as doing a useful service to society over the years by performing euthanasia. Now by his own admission his service to society is over. If we apply the utilitarian standard so beloved by euthanasia advocates, do we really need this 79 year old anymore?
First, allow me to say that I can fully understand those who are against euthanasia because of beliefs such as “only God has the right to take a life.” I think basing one’s belief system on the laughable existence of a mythical being is silly, but at least their argument follows from their premise, no matter how wrong it might be.
Given that Mr. D’Souza seems to always have a raging erection for the wonders of religion, it should give one pause why he would so comfortably lie about Kevorkian. Well, it would give one pause if we weren’t so aware that the religious are all too happy to lie if it advances their cause (hmmm, maybe it’s some kind of bizarre martyrdom, pissing off God to please God… religion’s never been much for logic, you know).
Kevorkian did not go around assisting people who felt they had outlived their usefulness to society (however one might define that); he assisted people whose quality of life had been so degraded by illness and pain that they chose to die at a time and in a manner of their choosing, rather than in abject agony when their body finally surrendered, or when some doctor or court decided they had suffered enough. Call it the ultimate in living wills.
D’Souza shouldn’t have to wait long to break out the party hats, though: from what I have read, Kevorkian’s Hepatitis C is well on its way to taking his life.
But, now, to answer the question: Do we really need this 79 year old man anymore?
As long as we have people thinking like Dinesh D’Souza and friends, those who favor giving control of the mind to religion and control of the body to the state, then yes we do.