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Old and Worn Out? Why Not Suicide?

Jack2894 Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 12:16 PM
At various times I have taught classes on the psychological nature of morality. One of the first tasks always involves establishing the fact that life is NOT the highest value. Those in the military, who must be willing to sacrafice their lives at a moment's notice grasp this more quickly than most groups. If we honor those who sacrifice their lives for a nation, why dont' we honor those who would sacrifice their lives for their children?
Reginald10 Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 3:28 PM
We do honor parents who sacrifice themselves for their children. Indeed, we honor those who, like the Principal and others at Sandy Hook School gave their lives trying to shield their students from that POS.

But you confuse the issue. Saving children's lives is a noble cause. Reducing their taxes is another. But diverting their taxes from our medical care to a politician's pocket is NOT a noble cause. And make no mistake, that is the other destination for our children's taxes.

This week, blogger Wesley J. Smith directed his readers' attention to an article on written by Lillian B. Rubin. Eighty-eight years old and in failing health, Rubin speculates about our society's fear of death, the taboo surrounding elder suicide, and her own struggles with "ambivalence" about taking her own life. She challenges the notion that suicide is the coward's way out, insisting that – on the contrary – to accept the fact of one's "diminishing existence" and to take decisive action to end one's suffering is an act of immense courage.

It would be disingenuous to accuse...