Friday, December 26, 2008

What About the Right to Die?

"Don’t worry: You won’t miss out on it."

There is no such thing as a "right to die." A right is a moral claim, and we have no claim on death—death has a claim on us.

Some people see the "right to die" as a parallel to the right to life, but this is based on faulty reasoning. The right to life is based on life being a gift we can neither destroy nor discard, whereas the "right to die" is based on the idea that life is a thing we possess and may discard when it no longer meets our satisfaction.

The culture of death, which chants, "My body, my life, my choice" also chants—by the same logic—"My body, my death, my choice." Just as pro-abortion groups use the word choice in their names, pro-euthanasia groups call themselves by names such as "Choice in Dying." In both cases, death is being sold as a product, and its salespersons have to make it look better than the alternative. Pro-abortion groups make childbearing seem more dangerous and burdensome than abortion.

The task of the culture of life, then, is to rip the veil off of these acts of violence.



Pearl said...

"Pro-abortion groups make childbearing seem more dangerous and burdensome than abortion."

That's a very apt description of those who would demean human life. This comparison between pro-euthanasia groups and pro-abortion groups is interesting. Seems like life on this earth is very much under attack. Pro-abortion groups would limit the number of souls arriving here; pro-euthanasia groups would limit the number of souls staying here; and pro-homosexual marriage groups would also promote a dead-end lifestyle that is unable to sustain itself through procreation.

Sheesh. Life used to hold more value than it does today.

Secular Heretic said...

This is why it is called "The Culture of Death" as opposed to "The Culture of Life".

We can't live in a peaceful nice world if our driving force is death.