By Wesley J. Smith
Editor’s note. This appears on Wesley’s great blog at http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/secondhandsmoke/2011/03/31/culture-of-death-elderly-belgian-couple-euthanized-together/
This is what the culture of death looks like. An elderly couple didn’t want to live without each other. So, they received a joint euthanasia. Apparently the local community knew they were planning it, as you will see by playing the embed above. From the “euthanasia expert” quoted in the story:
It is an important signal to break a taboo…
Ah, yes, we MUST break taboos, which often exist for important reasons! But I digress:
It is an important signal to break a taboo. This can be viewed as a normal way of dying and viewed as such by the community at large…Non terminal partners, as we call them, also have the option of dying together. It’s legally possible. There are no legal difficulties. It is only less well known. People think that euthanasia can only be applied to terminal cancer patients. But the gruop is a lot bigger. And this is a beautiful example that allows us to provide a dignified death to this couple thanks to euthanasia and proper guidance.
Why is anyone surprised? Once we accept killing is an acceptable answer to human suffering, there are no brakes. Belgium is merely jumping the most enthusiastically off the vertical moral cliff. And note: Switzerland has also had joint assisted suicides in their infamous suicide clinics.
Mark my words: Just as I was right about coupling euthanasia and organ harvesting in 1993–also happening in Belgium–I am right that once one accepts euthanasia/assisted suicide, this is the destination. The only question is how long it takes to get there.
Canadian journalist Andrew Coyne nailed it years ago, when he wrote:
A society that believes in nothing can offer no argument even against death. A culture that has lost its faith in life cannot comprehend why it should be endure.
Nihilism is our new god.
(Here’s the link to the original story from Flanders–http://www.deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.english/mediatheek_en/1.990035)