Nazi Propaganda: Life only as a Burden
Do we really want our lives viewed as a burden?
The legal aspects of euthanasia haven’t been thought out; if the family decides on “mercy killing” isn’t it possible, in fact, probable, that the decision will be made sooner if it means they inherit?
Look at Brooke Astor; wealthy but not necessarily healthy for several years, she had dementia. Her son stood to inherit. How much easier would it be to get a doctor to agree to euthanasia than to defraud her out of her wealth? Yes, I used this example purely because her son is in court and the case is dragging on.
Recently, I read of a man who was killed in an alley and robbed of 60 cents. Sixty cents. Not even enough money to buy a candy bar, yet that man was murdered for it. Most people have more assets than that; there’s a small death payment from Social Security, savings, homes with equity and salable furnishings, IRA’s, 401K’s, life insurance. Lots of reasons to bump off…I mean, influence someone to take advantage of euthanasia.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens in Oregon and Washington, which have recently legalized euthanasia. It won’t be long before someone realizes how unethical it is to influence parents to arrange for their murder or to arrange for it oneself. When they do, it won’t be pretty.
Many people are without wills, in which case spouse or children inherit in most states; imagine your spendthrift sibling deciding that it’s time for your parent to go, simply because spendthrift wants more money and parent refuses to provide it. I wonder if there are corresponding laws in place indicating that if you assist or pressure someone to commit, suicide, you’re unable to inherit as you’re acting in your own self-interest.
This is unconscionable. And I’m not the only one to think so.