Sunday, June 5, 2011

Rest In Peace Dr. Kevorkian

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplave of Independent Conservatism
Liberty - vs- Tyranny

DETROIT (AP) — A lawyer and friend of Jack Kevorkian says the assisted suicide advocate has died at a Detroit-area hospital at the age of 83.

Mayer (MAY'-uhr) Morganroth tells The Associated Press that Kevorkian died Friday morning at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, where he had been hospitalized. He says nurses played classical music by Kevorkian's favorite Johan Sebastian Bach before he died.

Kevorkian had been hospitalized since last month with pneumonia and kidney problems.

Morganroth says Kevorkian was conscious Thursday night and the two spoke about leaving the hospital and getting ready for rehabilitation.

Kevorkian was released from a Michigan prison in 2007 after serving eight years for second-degree murder. He claims to have assisted in at least 130 suicides.

Doctor Kevorkian was an angel to some and the mark of evil to others. I guess it depended on which side of the quality of life one found themselves.

Doctor Kevorkian understood that for the individual suffering deeply, in great pain, with no hope of life ever returning to one of quality and happiness life became a prison from which most would wish escape.

For the suffering souls whom the good doctor helped to end their suffering through assisted suicide he was no doubt an angel of mercy.

Liberty is the state in which individuals have control over their life and decisions without interference from the state or any other outside source of authority. Tyranny on the other hand exists when individuals have little or no control over their life and decisions.

Doctor Kevorkian assisted individuals living their lives in a prison without any quality of life, in great suffering, and without hope of a cure, to commit the ultimate act of liberty and chose death over suffering.

Sometimes outmoded religious dogma and or the state gets in the way of rational thinking. What Doctor Kevorkian provided, always at the individual's request and with full knowledge of what their request meant, was a merciful means by which a suffering person with no hope for improvement could end their suffering with dignity.

For this he was persecuted and spent eight years of his life without liberty whatsoever. A shame and mark of state tyranny.

Individuals who elect suicide {given the conditions and circumstances such as those under Doctor Kevorkian's care} while they posses full control of their mental faculties and the ability to exercise the same, are exercising liberty over their own life and happiness.

Only when decisions over life or death are made for us by the authority of the state without our full and un-coerced agreement is it tyranny and thus immoral.

Rest in Peace Doctor.

Via: CSN

1 comment:

  1. Back when the Kevorkian story first broke, I was swept along with the anti-suicide fervor. However, the more I thought about if I or someone I loved were suffering with no hope of relief or rehabilitation, the more I came to question the criminalization of Kevorkian. And when I started practicing Japanese swordsmanship a decade ago, I did a lot of research on feudal Samurai and the practice of seppuku (ritual suicide). After a lot of thought, I came to understand the need for suicide in certain circumstances.

    I agree with you: it's NOT the government's place to force someone to live in pain. Especially not when the government allows the termination of babies who don't get the chance to choose for themselves.


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