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People with strong religious beliefs cling to life

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People with strong religious beliefs want doctors to do everything they can to keep them alive as death approaches.

You’re 88 years old. You have lived a full christian life. You can have heaven now or two weeks of tubes down the throat, ventilation,  repeated resuscitation, defecating in a pan and then die amongst strangers.

Surely the christian thing to do is to let nature take its course. Die with dignity at home with your loved ones (80% of people now die in a hospital, not long ago it was 20%). Then spend the vast amounts of money wasted in prolonging life by two weeks of intensive care on those with a chance of recovery.

Sign the ‘do not resuscitate’ form and enjoy the everlasting.


Written by Dontthinktwice

March 18, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Posted in faith, religion

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  1. more than that…
    the nicest thing you should be able to say to a religious person (largely) is: “Hope you die soon”
    leave this horrible material world and join the nice man on the fluffy cloud
    outrageous – kill all old religious people NOW!


    March 19, 2009 at 10:01 am

  2. The argument for religous people is not as simple as they think it is. All religions strongly recommend the preservation for life – hence they want the extra 2 weeks.
    However, with advances in technology where a human body can nearly be kept alive indefinitely, scholars need to make a decision of to what extent a religous person should go to “preserve” that life. if they dont we could end up with a scenarios a little like the scene from The Matrix where all life is sustained by machines.

    Jack – what about the young religious people? should they we let them live a little longer?


    March 19, 2009 at 10:22 am

  3. You are all weird


    March 19, 2009 at 3:37 pm

  4. It’s not that weird. Baroness Warnock, one of the UKs leading experts on medical ethics, has suggested that ‘old people with dementia are wasting lives and resources and have a duty to die’.
    Demented, religious, cantankerous…what’s the difference? Geronticide is just over the horizon.


    March 19, 2009 at 9:32 pm

  5. Don’tthink’s position is quite reasonable to me. At some point you gotta let go peacefully and being religious should help, rather than hinder, that process.

    I rather suspect they aren’t all that confident in their religion if they are so afraid to die.


    March 20, 2009 at 10:55 am

  6. This is twisted.
    No one has a duty to die to conserve resources.


    March 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    • Tell that to Captain Oates (though he was a paedophile and doesn’t deserve the glory)


      March 20, 2009 at 3:03 pm

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