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SmithMarch 16, 2019, 4:44 AM Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Recommended Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share A Canadian man with diabetes named Dan Laramie, whose illness had advanced to the point he would need amputations, decided to be lethally injected instead. He was killed by his doctor to cheers and applause from family and friends at his euthanasia party — at which photos were taken to commemorate the event, and perhaps, to send along with the story to the media. From the Daily Mail story:She said music was played an important part in the end-of-life celebration and he had even written 30 songs while he was in hospital.Speaking after the party [Laramie’s wife] Stef said: ‘I don’t really feel loss, we don’t need any sorrow at this time and I don’t know if that sounds rude.‘We had a really amazing relationship, if he had died in a way that we had no notion of it or by surprise then it would be a sorrowful thing. But I don’t think dying should be sorrowful.’His friends, sister, son, daughter, grandchildren and some of his nurses all came to the party.So, let me ask you, my dear readers, to ponder: If invited to such a “party,” would you go?It could be an agonizing decision. Attend, and it seems to me you become complicit in the suicide/homicide. You validate it. You affirm to the suicidal patient that his or her worst fears about continuing to live are true, such as: my life can never have meaning again; I will die in agony; I won’t be remembered well; I am a burden, etc.But refuse, and you could feel guilty for not being with your loved one at his or her death. Moreover, your family supporting the suicide/killing could ostracize you. “How dare you judge grandma! How dare you not be there to support her ‘choice’!”Getting Restless; Time to DieBack at the euthanasia party, people were getting restless, and so it was time to get on with the killing:Once Dan signed the papers and said he was ready, his family gathered at his bedside. Stef explained: ‘You could see sort of an energy in the room where people could feel that it was time.‘It was a really blessed evening. It happened a little later than we had planned so you could feel people getting a little bit restless. ‘The doctor came down, he was beside us and the nurse, the pair of them brought such light and beauty into this assistance.‘I can’t even tell you how beautiful the smile in his eyes was, he was so ready and it felt like everything we had talked about , that we planned about all these people made it the perfect exit.’She said after he received three injections, his eyes closed and she gave him a kiss.Stef said that Dan wanted a round of applause as he died so everybody cheered for him.‘The release of all that energy, it was really great. There were a lot of things that were very comforting and Dan just loved every minute of it.’These death events — this is far from the first such story about euthanasia parties — are being publicized in the service of normalizing euthanasia as the best way to die. It’s the real “death with dignity,” don’t you know? The goal, I believe, is to push society toward the point that having oneself killed becomes the expectation, not the exception.Is this kind of thing right or wrong? It depends on one’s values and moral beliefs. Some may see it as empowering, dying “his own way,” as the media continually put it.Others, as I do, see darkness and nihilism in cheering on death, an (often unintentional) abandonment of people at their darkest hour. Indeed, this story reminds me of Canadian journalist Andrew Coyne’s cogent warning against the culture of death from many years ago:A society that believes in nothing can offer no argument even against death. A culture that has lost its faith in life cannot comprehend why it should be endured.Photo credit: Michael Discenza via Unsplash.Cross-posted at The Corner. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Culture & Ethics Wesley J. SmithChair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human ExceptionalismWesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.Follow WesleyProfileTwitterFacebook Share
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[email protected] announces the @Redskins’ 4th round pick, Alabama OG Arie Kouandjio #NFLDraftpic.twitter.com/q0qNi7wOla— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 2, 2015 Couldn’t be happier to be a Viking!!!!— Austin Shepherd (@AShep79) May 2, 2015 #PatsNationhttps://t.co/XDYp5JbdKc— xzavier dickson (@young_datruth) May 3, 2015 Xzavier Dickson (No. 47) was the seventh and final player Alabama player selected in the 2015 NFL Draft that concluded Saturday in Chicago.Alabama finished with seven players taken in the 2015 NFL Draft, the lowest since 2011 when five Crimson Tide players were drafted. Four were of those five in 2011 were first rounders Marcell Dareus, Julio Jones, James Carpenter and Mark Ingram..In the previous three years, Alabama had nine players drafted in 2013 and eight in 2013 and 2012. Seven Tide players were taken in 2010 after Alabama won the first of three national titles under Nick Saban.Alabama’s streak of having at least two players picked in the first round came to a close as well. Receiver Amari Cooper was the only Tide player to go in the first round as the Oakland Raiders chose him with the fourth overall pick.Alabama had four first-round picks in 2011 and 2012, three in 2013 and two in 2010 and 2014.Strong safety Landon Collins (New York Giants) was the first player chosen in the second round and running back T.J. Yeldon (Jacksonville Jaguars) was the fourth pick in that round Friday night. Collins, Yeldon and Cooper all entered the draft as juniors.Fullback Jalston Fowler (Tennessee Titans) and offensive guard Arie Kouandjio (Washington Redskins) were picked in the fourth round. Right tackle Austin Shepherd (Minnesota Vikings) and outside linebacker Xzavier Dickson (New England Patriots) went in the seventh.I’m not thinking about a mansion man I’m thinking about Canton!— R.I.P Freddy G (@AmariCooper9) April 30, 2015 Congrats Jalston Fowler %26 the @TennesseeTitans. Jalston make sure u explain to Mariota what a FB is. He’s never met 1 pic.twitter.com/2ITi8hgSsk— Heath Evans (@HeathEvans44) May 2, 2015 I spoke this into existent … Did we just get Landon Collins ??— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) May 1, 2015 With the 36th pick in the 2015 #NFLDraft, the Jacksonville Jaguars take T.J. Yeldon! @[email protected]@T_Yeldonpic.twitter.com/10iAehnuF9— Daphne Trojans FB (@DaphneTrojansFB) May 1, 2015
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