In class yesterday I think I stunned a few when I attempted to argue that living is not that special–I pointed out that life has no sanctity. In the medical ethics class (on the topic on Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide), we where discussing the case of a man who killed his 12 years old daughter cerebral palsy who has developed extreme severity; ultimately ‘Latimer has consistently claimed that he killed his daughter, by placing her in his farm truck and connecting the exhaust pipe to the cabin, in order to relieve her suffering.'(please read the full story here) And the Professor asked we discuss the rightness or wrong of this; most in the class concluded life is too precious to be taken away.
I disagreed, with passion. There is nothing, I pointed that makes our life extremely different from those animals, bacteria or cancer cells we kill daily. You can expect that I will get more hate than I can imagine (some even thought I was going insane).
Since I couldn’t discuss the depth of the argument in this 50 minutes class, where I wish I recite this to them:
on the Sanctity of Life,
A bunch of Shit Talk.
Life is Sacred…says who?
If you read history this God
is the leading cause of death
and has been for thousands of years–
Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Christians
all killing each other
‘the sword of God’, ‘the blood of the lamb’, ‘vengeance is mine’–
The wrong answer to the God question:
‘You believe in God?’ ‘No’–dead!
‘You believe in God?’ ‘Yes’
‘You believe in my God?’ ‘No’–dead!
…for thousands of years
…all the best wars,
the brutal wars, the craziest wars all fueled on religious hatred.
Forget sanctity of life!
And if there is, not from God.
We, humans, made it up!
‘Cause we’re alive–self-interest
We, promoting the idea that somehow
our life is sacred.
Dead people don’t talk about this…
They don’t care, they are dead!
It all grows from our biased point of view
It is a self-serving man-made-crap
One of the things we tell ourselves
…to feel good
Life is sacred–making us feel noble.
Think of it:
if everything that ever lived is dead,
And everything that is alive will die,
Where is there sanctity?
We are hypocritical.
Think of it:
We kill mosquitoes, flies–’cause they are pest
Lions and tigers–’cause it’s fun
Chickens and pigs–’cause we’re hungry
Pheasants and Quails–’cause it’s fun and we’re hungry
People–’cause they’re pest and it’s fun
Cancer cells–where is their sanctity
Save the tumor!
Save the Viruses, Mildew, Bacteria, Crabs…
Aren’t they sacred?
Sanctity of Life is very selective,
We choose those forms of life we deem sacred
We kill the rest
We made it all up.