I don't disagree with the author's premise, but I do take exception to this generation being pointed out as having a "culture of death" versus past generations in our history. I would point out that during most of our early history dueling, bear baiting, ratting, dog fighting, rough and tumble style fighting with eye-gouging and biting, whipping and other abuses of prisoners, children in virtual slavery in factories - I could go on and on - were common place. Freedom in those days meant much more than it does today. The founders would not have dreamed of imposing restrictions on that which was voluntarily done and without complaint by the participants. To know history is often to know truth.