1) HGL's F.B. writings : Some of these men deserve death, 2) New blog on the kid : Reviewing CMI's Review of a Book on Nazism and Darwinism, 3) I am shocked by the evil of the Lithuanian Minister of Health.
Saying Lithuania cannot afford palliative care for the poor is one thing. But suggesting it should afford Euthanasia is quite another one.
I have agreed with Belloc and probably been targetted as a Nazi for agreeing with Belloc, that having not too much medicine might be a very good thing. In the sense that medicine keeps people alive who then have to be kept further alive - as long as one is not killing them.
To Belloc and to me, killing them is not a solution. Not a real one. It solves the economic problem of burden, but it introduces a heavier problem of the omnipotent state or doctor being a burden to everyone they can threaten with Euthanasia as long as nobody hears about it and as long as nobody cares.
The point of Belloc was, it is not wrong to be a poor country. It is not wrong not to provide all solutions in medicine.
The survival of a people depends much more on mothers than on doctors, much more on children getting made and born, than on sick and ailing being kept alive.
This does not mean the sick and ailing should not be kept alive at all, but it does mean they should not be kept alive at all costs either, notably if interfering with the rights of children to get born. Small companies and low taxes - more opportunities to get married and get children, less opportunity for medical interference either for good or for evil. Huge companies and huge taxes - less opportunities to get independent or to get hired, more opportunity for medicine, for good - or for evil. For keeping alive - or for killing.
But not keeping alive and killing are two different things.
What Rimantė Šalaševičiūtė, Social Democratic Party of Lithuania, suggested was not doing less efforts to keep people alive and no more, what she suggested was killing.
Before suggesting the unnecessary and unjust expense of Euthanasia, even if it were lower than the not totally necessary and if given just expense of palliative care, one should perhaps look at other expenses than palliative care to cut down on. Has Lithuania banned abortion yet? Has Lithuania ceased providing sponsorised Condoms? Even if taxes are providing the state with less money, what about cutting budget posts of impiety before cutting budget posts of piety?
If more people were born in the young generations, more would be able to share the burden of keeping the weak and sick alive, and it would be less burdensome. At the same time, if Lithuania is so poor it "has to" suggest Euthanasia for its poor, obviously it is wrong to afford the thing that really damages a society from staying alive. Abortion and contraception really do damage childbirth. And childbirth really is the mainspring of continued life of a society.
I see the Czars and Smetona both banned the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania. Neither the Russian Orthodox autocrats, nor the Roman Catholic one would have dreamt of being so right and of the thing they forbade being so wrong.
Neither of them would have dreamt of making doctors and their paltry, dirty remain of honour after embracing organ transplants from dying and after embracing abortion, autocrats in Hitler fashion or Mengele fashion over life and death. So far Euthanasia has been presented as an option. But obviously were it is optional some patients are less capable fo expressing such a wish than others in a most coherent manner, and for these, in the Netherlands already a decade ago, I think doctors have become murderers condemning their patients to death, in notably mental hospitals. And recently here in France a doctor admitting to having killed patients was acquitted. Could walk straight back into the streets.
Rimantė Šalaševičiūtė, Social Democratic Party of Lithuania, has noted, as I recall the online article I read this morning, that Belgium already does the same, and even accepts in its so called legislation Euthanasia of children.
A horror is not less horrible because it has been committed elsewhere. Long before Hitler imitated them, was British Columbia right to introduce enforced sterilisation because South Carolina already had it? Or was South Carolina right to introduce it if British Columbia already had it? And in 1935 the evil spread to Sweden, through the Social Democratic government of Per Albin Hansson, shame on that name, as far as politics are concerned. It stayed a heavy burden on certain Swedish families for decades. Of course, as with the present proposition of Rimantė Šalaševičiūtė, Social Democratic Party of Lithuania, the ones most easy to target were the poor. It was finally, and I hope it remains finally, abolished in the 1970's. And the persons concerned were receiving damages from the state for having allowed the malpractise for so long.
Death is not a hitherto inevitable part of existence that one day may be eliminated. It is a punishment for Adam's Sin. It is not pleasant, usually, and often not even dignified. It is shame and pain. But it is, as long as souls that can be saved exist on earth, part of the cure for something worse, namely sin.
It makes no sense to sin, or to let others sin, so mortally sinful sins as murder, so as to fix death. God meant it the other way around. Death is there to fix sin. He even became a man himself so as to taste His own medicine. On Calvary. On the hill where Adam was buried. And His death was among robbers, He had no benefit of legbreaking euthanasia like the robbers, and His death was painful. He is our model for dying. Not some doctor's fantasy about "mending death" or treating it as some "unfortunate atavism" from lower organisms.
What was it C. S. Lewis said? What was it he had written on his tomb?
Men must endure · their going hence.
What exactly is it that the Lithuanian Social Democrats have missed? What is it that still needs to be clarified? Perhaps that Euthanasia of children reeks of Carthage and of Herod?
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