Suppose I saw an elderly woman painfully huddled on a heating grate in the dead of winter. She's hungry and in...
I would contend that a more universally humane solution would be to let the woman on the grate starve or freeze to death. Perhaps not for the women in the microcosm, but globally survival of the fittest improves the lives of the species by filtering out the non-producers/non-contributors. Tribal cultures often allowed the old and infirm to go off on their own to die rather than burden the tribe with their care. Much of our healthcare problem is that we insist of prolonging the lives of people who have ceased contributing to society, simply because the care of them produces profits for the medical care providers. Better that money be spent on medical research to prevent disease rather than keeping alive those who are going anyway.
Benjamin Franklin, statesman and signer of our Declaration of Independence, said: "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." John Adams, another signer, echoed a similar statement: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Are today's Americans virtuous and moral, or have we become corrupt and vicious? Let's think it through with a few questions.
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