Human Exceptionalism

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Death Obsession of Euthanasia Activists


Derek Humphry, the suicide guru and founder of the aptly named Hemlock Society (now the euphemistically called Compassion and Choices), has a post on his blog that, I think, illustrates the death obsession of most euthanasia activists. Humphry got famous writing how-to-commit-suicide books and is fascinated with suicide machines. Now, reacting to news about an elderly man in India who apparently willed himself to die, Humphry seems to suggest that "self-willed death" be considered a form of euthanasia to prevent "a glorification of natural death." This would be a misnomer, since if the phenomenon is real, nobody "killed" anyone. Be that as it may, I find it remarkable how no story about death escapes the rapt attention of these folk.


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