Human Exceptionalism

A Good Day: Smith Debates Assisted Suicide at Columbia Law School and before Yale Political Union

A pretty good debate was held today at Columbia University Law School between David Levin–head of New York chapter of Compassion and Choices–and yours truly.  As I recall it, it hit some hard point on both sides.  Check it out at this podcast link:

That was this morning. This evening, after a train ride from Manhattan to New Haven, I had a raucous time at the famous Yale Political Union, debating whether euthanasia should be banned in the USA.  I lost the resolution on a tie vote–which considering the context, was a victory.  It was a great time, hissing, table pounding, with able and morally committed young people letting their views be known.  I had a wonderful time, although it reminded me how old I am becoming.

All in all, a very good day. The young people were remarkable, giving hope for the world. Home tomorrow. I am ready for some rest.