During this time of the epidemic, there has been a lot of talk about the decisions made in some areas not to resuscitate those patients who are deemed unlikely to recover fully, people with ‘underlying conditions’ including obesity, cardiac problems, and just being ”too old”. We’ve seen in recent years how so-called ‘progressive’ countries like the Netherlands and Belgium have legalized euthanasia, which used to be called by the euphemism ‘mercy killing.’ Now it’s become so respectable that it isn’t even being called ‘killing’ anymore.
Back when the “Affordable Care Act” [sic] was being hurriedly passed through Congress before we could see what was in those thousands of pages, the Left scoffed and laughed at the Right’s concerns over what were called ‘death panels’, which would pointedly exclude risky or elderly patients from life-saving procedures. ‘Waste of money’, said the progressives. Spend the money on young people who are worth more because they are capable of being productive citizens instead of a millstone around the neck of society.
I just happened across a link from a Free Republic thread from 2012, and it appears that at that time there was some shock or dismay about the issue of denying care in certain cases to the old or chronically ill. Now it appears the subject is old hat, although LifeNews ran some articles recently about the trend towards euthanasia. The 2012 article was titled The Elite Are Attempting To Convince Us That Killing Off Our Sick Grandparents Is Cool And Trendy.
I know I’m like a broken record on this subject, but if we are to regard our society as the least bit Christian, we can’t reconcile euthanasia (or abortion) as compatible with the morals and ethics which are at the heart of Western, once-Christian civilization. And yet a lot of the people online and IRL who cold-bloodedly justify euthanasia (by whatever name) actually claim to be Christian. To try to justify any part of the culture of death with Christianity can’t be done, and to do so simply defames the name of Christ and denies the core beliefs of our Faith.
Yet it goes on: ‘Christians’ who think the old and chronically ill are expendable, that they have less of a claim to life than the young and fit, are allowed to call themselves followers of Christ and no one challenges them on this falsehood.
Few people speak out against this. We’ve seen how many purported Christians support abortion and other anti-Christian practices and that too has become OK for a lot of people. It’s just a personal preference, so people sometimes say. But it isn’t; no matter what post-modern society says, no matter what popular culture tolerates, there are absolute standards. Not everything is up to consensus or popular vote.
And of course Roe v. Wade was a decision from judges legislating from the bench.
In the meantime the few people who object to this new system of ‘changing ethics’ are drowned out by the many who prefer to follow the crowd and popular secular opinion. That’s their decision, but don’t put a Christian label on those po-mo ”ethics”.
The article linked to above talked about how ‘the elites’ were trying to popularize this cynical philosophy — which seems to be rooted in either outright atheism or libertarianism/Randianism with its selfish ‘look out for number one, especially where $$ is at stake’ center.
I may offend somebody by saying this but somebody has to say it and I don’t see or hear anyone addressing it — except occasionally when someone wants to argue with me about it, and justify the fact that they want approval for hating their parents or grandparents or old folk generally.
Don’t worry; the culture of death and daddy-hating seems to be prevailing, and those who still hold to the old absolutes are being drowned out and jeered at. Certain bloggers have promoted this ghoulish attitude and continue to do so shamelessly, despite a few murmurs of criticism from the likes of me and a handful of people out there somewhere.
The bloggers who’ve done the most towards making elder-hating cool and popular know who they are, and so do most people who read their popular blogs. It pays to be ‘edgy’ and to offend certain people, so their blogs will prosper and grow in readership, judging by their present influence and popularity.
I find it amusing and telling that even the $PLC has taken note of the daddy-hating trend among certain age groups, and they note it with bemusement (or amusement?) because after all, the hatred is only directed at those who are old, therefore it’s benign and even desirable — as long as it’s old White folk who are the targets. Oprah Winfrey and others on the left are on the same page with the ”right”, saying that the old White folk should hurry up and die off because they are ‘bigots’.
And yes Oprah did say that in a video, though her cult of Nice White Ladies would probably deny it. It might still be on YT for those who need ‘proof.’
So we’ve got the left and the ”right” carrying the same anti-White message. Nice work, helping the left spread their toxic memes, and bolstering each other’s efforts. Nothing like the left and the right working toward the same goals.
Meantime the people who write all the hysterical stories about the coming mass deaths from the pandemic can calmly tell us that we just can’t afford to care for everybody because ‘the health care system is overwhelmed’. Despite empty hospitals and encouraging decreases in new cases, we are still told that we can’t afford to care for certain people. Yet somehow we have money to burn when it comes to certain special causes.
But, medical ethics change, so they tell us; ethics and morals are all flexible and relative, just like everything else these days. No fixed principles. No standards, no absolutes.
And yet they tell us that slippery slopes do not exist.