Thank-you for this Composium on Senectitude (is
that near Schenectady, New York?)this cold December
morning's philosophic condundrum needs a jumpstart. Should
we our shouldn't we "legally" kill another for mercy's
The debate is complex and mind-boggling, but I will offer
my "three-cents (thank you Carol for the extra penny).
Composing myself which is entirely set upon emotionality
and memories of personal experience on this said subject
matter is difficult, to say the least.
Set on "repose mode" in regards to this very "touchy" and
sensitive subject matter, I will attempt to preponder
without prejudice the jurisprudence of said subject matter.
After reading the header, I was taken much aback; "No,
Wings, don't do it", whatever "it" "is"? Not what I think
"it" "is", I hope!
After reading the Wings article and after much jaw
clenching, stomach churning, and stiffness in the
transcarpal area, hands, whitened from numbness and shocked
from the shock of the new ideas on Euthanasia
(is that in Asia?)Wings has indeed launched his "thousand
ships". All may partake and taste the bitter sting upon the
tongue of the ancient hemlock remedies and the modern OD
methods employed daily in hospitals near you of this so
called "mercy killing" for "mercy's sake".
At this conjuncture, I am reminded of Portia's Mercy Speech
in Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice";
The Quality of Mercy is not strained,
It droppeth from Heaven
Upon the Place
Which begs to question the immortal bard's scolding
philosophy of the earth being a "less than perfect place
upon which to dwell".
We are not angels, nor devils, but must, at time, make
decision where only "angels dare tread" and where "only
God" should administer swift justice. How to equalize the
unequal scale of justice, be it man's or God's?. To Mercy
Kill or Not to Mercy Kill that IS the question! (from
Hamlet here folks and paraphrased for convenience and much
leniency, forgive me Bard!).
After all, age will creep into all our lives eventually,
enslaving man to the cold, cold grave. Not something we
ever want to think about, well, not unless we are in any
kind of mood, or wax "Poe"etic? To attempt to answer the
age old problem; "can granny be done in legally" is fraught
with legal and moral issues too numerous to divulge here,
at this time. Lectures to follow.
After systematically wringing out rheumatic knuckles this
morning and giving a huge stretch of rebirth kundalini
forces in the lower spine, I am now suppine and able to
write succinctly about the "stinking mess of Euthanasia
To take upon me this mantel of unresolved angst and pain
for many facing life and death issues is a burden deep. For
we are really discussing human life, dignity and the
meaning of life, and which qualities found in the human
experience which we value enough to keep alive "another
For all caregivers,those on death's door and family and
friends, I do not believe the Euthanasia issue will ever be
or should be easily dispensed. It is one of those deeply
entrenched moral issues, like abortion, which do not sit
well at the tea table.
Wings, your thesis, I take it, is aligned with the
fencesitter mugwump. This certainly not Wings witnessed in
other essays. Certainly, I sense you favour, at least for
yourself, "Please Ressucitate At All Costs" rather than "Do
Not Resusiciate At All Or I Will Kill You At All Costs"?
Wings, please tell me bluntly, are ye "for" or "again'"
Mercy Killing? For some is just not good enough, we all are
equal, under the law, and must arrive at the conclusion
that what is good for the goose is good for the gander?
Correct me if I have shot in the dark on this issue.
Back to the behemoth of an issue, Mercy Killing; the ease
of compartment with the dispensing of this "issue" once and
for all is this; A Living Will. If people would only
remember to go to a lawyer to fill out the necessary
paperwork, much grief would be alleviated, once and for
all. Without a Living Will, individuals and their families
must waiver in the wind, without truly feeling that the
individuals right to their own life was properly
adminstered, thereby the nagging "doubt" will always be
illicited and contort the human soul to much turmoil.
The Nations have no right in our collective bedrooms, they
should get out of the death game too. This is an individual
matter and should be treated thusly.