Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Slogans and Rallying Cries

Yesterday: a controversy over "terminating treatment" versus "letting die";
Today: a controversy over "the right to die" and "assisted suicide";
Tomorrow: a controversy over "the duty to die" and "mercy killing (so-called active euthanasia)".

Common element: a supposed controversy between "human dignity" and "the sanctity of human life". Why accept that human dignity and sanctity of human life are incompatible? I think, with Leon Kass, that when rightly understood they go hand-in-hand.

So what exactly is meant by "human dignity" and "the sanctity of human life"? Better ask ourselves these questions: I hope each of us spends time trying to educate ourselves and one another regarding the entangled complexities since our speech, acts, votes, etc. regarding such pertain to our moral character and ultimate fate.

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