Death As A Solution.
Having seen ‘You Don’t Know Jack‘ the other day, a film about Jack Kevorkian starring Al Pacino, and having witnessed, in particular, the grittingly painful scene where Jack assists an old man to die, got me drearily thinking about today’s culture of death, and how, through the stream of anti-religious sentiment currently pervading the media, it can only get worse.
Jack Kevorkian, of course, is better known as doctor death; he’s a doctor who helps people in a unique (actually, not so unique nowadays) way –he helps them die. For his patients, life, presumably having been predicated for so long on happiness and well-being, turns worthless soon after the illness and misery with which they are afflicted becomes too much to bear. Death becomes the only solution to a miserable life; it provides the only escape from a body that’s become a prison.
The sad reality is that from a naturalist perspective, there really is no arguing against euthanasia done on the basis of mercy and compassion; It seems to me to be a battle that will be inevitably lost to the culture of death, given how our modern intelligentsia is slanted towards naturalism.
Put on the naturalist-atheist goggles and use happiness, well-being or any other consequentialist idea as the metric by which you appraise human life, and you’ll see how assisted suicide and the whole culture of death can make a whole lot of sense; If meaning and value can be reduced to mere sentimental predispositions which are the residue of evolutionary processes, then they are both, for good or for ill, illusory. Without God there can never be any meaning or value in any real and objective sense, for nothing can be found in nature that can be the moral imperative to value life –or, value anything, for that matter.
It should therefore come as no surprise that death, to an extent, becomes the solution: an unwanted pregnancy can be solved by killing the fetus; terminal illness and the concomitant misery it brings can be solved by killing yourself.
These are, of course, polarizing issues with which many a naturalist- atheist will find himself kosher, so, while I don’t mean to impugn the moral competence of those for whom God is of no considerable import, I cringe thinking about how this worldview, when followed to its logical conclusion, extinguishes the will to value human life, producing more moribund states-of-affairs.
Posted on July 30, 2012, in abortion, philosophy, Religion and tagged abortion, al pacino, assisted suicide, euthanasia, God, jack kevorkian, Religion, you don't know jack. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.