Much of the talk about euphanasia has to do with fears and suspicions of a collapse in values regarding the sanctity of life. Are we a nation that has lost it’s “natural affection”? After all, we have killed 41 million or more unborn babies in this country, by and large, for birth control. People 65 and older make up 48% of all impatient hospital days and 32% of a doctors surgical care. I guess you could wonder how some deranged numbers cruncher might look at stats like these.
That being said, some of this concern could be unwarranted, notwithstanding the inflammatory language we have heard recently. Some of the media conversationalist could have less than noble aims. We just don’t know! When you get into individuals motives, you are treading on dangerous grounds.
The life of man is three score and ten, according to scripture (Psalm 90) and if per chance we make it to 80, it will not be the best of times. Don’t expect this to change.
Our medical know-how and laboratory discoveries has not off-set reckless and depraved lifestyles to produce exceptional longevity. Currently, we rank 42nd in the world, at 77 years. Some think this may decline due to the health habits of the current youth.
We know we are only passing through, but when the time approaches we are willing with our hearts and our pocketbooks, to appeal for more time. I don’t see anything wrong and everything right with this thinking. It seems altogether normal. Some of us will make an investment to keep and old pet going.
Personal mortality is best left alone! Those decisions must be patient-family-doctor decisions in that order. Insurance adjusters and bureaucrats are not equipped to handle such powerful decisions.
The years, that a life happens to be most valuable, or even valuable, is also impossibe to determine. My great-grandmother lived to be right at 100 years old. In her last years I would sit at her feet and listen to her personal experiences of the horrors of the Civil War. So, she was valuable to me.
Many more contentions, regarding features of health reform, await an honest and informative debate. Hopefully, it will be domninated by thoughtful and truthful commentators.