What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? 5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet. Psalm 8:4-6
Human beings are trying to make us all just disposable commodities. I have to wonder if they’ll feel the same when their time comes. Or, perhaps, they really have drunk the Kool Aid they’re pedaling.
As you may know, I almost died this year. More accurately, almost killed. I was in an induced coma due to contracting COVID pneumonia. I was taken off at least some of those drugs to let me wake up, but I wasn’t coming out of the coma quickly. The attending physician and even at least one nurse pressured my wife to give permission to insert a gastric feeding tube and send me to hospice. She’d have to make the difficult decision to “deny sustenance” and let me die.
Fortunately for me my wife wasn’t that ready to let me go. Backing her up was her sister, a forty-year nurse with a master’s degree and years of experience in an ICU. My wife sent her pictures of my monitors and medical information. Neurological tests showed I had normal brainwaves for an unconscious person, and I was responding positively to physical stimulus tests. My sister-in-law said they just needed to stop giving me fentanyl and other such drugs to let me wake up!
After countless prayers from friends, family, co-workers, and one final prayer my wife had with the hospital chaplain I woke up that same day she and the chaplain prayed. A miracle!
I was sixty-four at the time, and I honestly believe a younger patient would not have been written off so easily. Why am I convinced of that? Well, you’d have to go through all the articles I’ve written about euthanasia on that topic heading below. There’s a world-wide push to cheapen life in general both in the womb and in old age.
I recently spoke to someone who’s mother-in-law was in a fight against being killed by her medical team, because of her poor physical condition even though she was conscious and alert.
Then there’s an article from Answers in Genesis, What Will Future Generations Think? And does it matter?, that looks at Euthanasia in Canada. From the article:
Will Canada owe those with disabilities an apology in the future? That’s the question featured in an opinion piece by Charles Lane published in The Washington Post regarding Canada’s euthanasia policy, which from 2016–2021, resulted in the deaths of 31,000 people. The majority of those physician-inflicted deaths were of cancer patients, but some were people suffering from “chronic disabling conditions.”
Euthanasia Targets the Disabled
The column highlights three stories of individuals who chose (or almost chose) “medical assistance in dying.”
Lane says that it’s “Horrifying that killing patients is now considered the humane and compassionate thing to do.”
He compares Canada’s current loosening of euthanasia standards to how they had ripped native American children from their homes and put them into schools that only taught them English and Canadian history so they could be better assimilated into Canadian culture. It was considered the right thing to do at the time. Now, of course, it is seen as barbaric!
What will future generations think of current euthanasia policies?
Finally, California has passed a law that will allow another alternative to burying or cremating one’s deceased loved ones; composting.
…a method in which human remains naturally decompose over a 30-to-45-day period after being placed in a steel vessel and buried in wood chips, alfalfa and other biodegradable materials. The nutrient-dense soil created by the process can then be returned to families or donated to conservation land.
They join Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Vermont in allowing human composting, because it is considered more eco-friendly.
Whatever happened to the idea of desecration of a corpse? What does “desecration” mean? Some synonyms are violation, profanation, and sacrilege. It is a misuse of something regarded as sacred.
I will admit that the above words can be considered subjective. For example, cremation is now socially acceptable even though it is not everyone’s personal choice. Cremation does have its precedents going back centuries if not millennia.
Here’s my problem with it when I try to find a place for it within the whole subject of life and death. Our culture is already moving more and more in the direction of not valuing life at its earliest stages or ending stages – regardless of age. Some people talk about death with dignity or merciful death. You can dress it up however you like, but when it comes to that very real moment it’s still death.
I recall one account of an alcoholic who just couldn’t kick the habit after several rehab stints and opted for “death with dignity.” He held a going-away party with family and friends and, of course, the executioner. Once the deed was done, his brother was quoted as saying that it would have been beautiful if it hadn’t been so terrible.
You can argue that it’s an eco-friendly solution and even take some sort of comfort in that, but at that point you’re elevating the planet above the individual; a human being! A person created by God is left without honoring him or her for what they are. The planet says they aren’t a contributing member of society, so away with them. Regardless of age. Or convenience.
All the pretty words in the world won’t change what is really happening. A child of God lived and now died, and that’s worth something. Whether they lived a productive life or not, one can at least say now they’ve made a contribution to the planet – they’ve been composted with dignity.