Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mr Spector "did not want to become a burden on loved ones"

Am I the only person who feels disturbed by the celebratory reporting of the suicide of Jeffrey Spector (complete with happy family snapshots):  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/dignitas-death-of-british-father-jeffrey-spector-prompts-renewed-debate-on-assisted-suicide-10275335.html

Let me ask the Spector family some harsh questions.

Apparently Mr Spector "did not want to become a burden on loved ones".  What was it about your various relationships with Jeffrey Spector that convinced him you might regard him as a burden?  In what way did the love that you owed him fail to convince him that his life was worthwhile (since love is the only thing that does make life worthwhile).

I understand you are all in grief.

But you surely must realise that this very public event (complete with happy family snapshots) has stirred up all the old pro-death arguments with Lord Falconer up to his death-cult tricks again.

And this will lead to the same pressures that want to change society and bounce us further along the road of death-by-choice (and then death-when-life-is-no-longer-meaningful, and ultimately death-when-others-decide-a-person-is-inconvenient / bed-blocking / no-longer-economically-productive etc).

I do not want society changed.

I intend to defend the society I live in.

Therefore I am pointing the finger at you Mrs Spector and happy smiling Spector children, and I am asking you:  why did Jeffrey Spector think he would be a burden?  

What did you say, or fail to say, that made him think in this way?

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