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I Just Wanna Die…..

bs3Okay, it’s not as bad as it sounds so don’t go ratting me out to the suicide hotline. It’s actually a plea to allow nature take its course in my life in as undisturbed a way as possible.

Congress is wrestling with the health care reform package put forth by the Obama administration that promises to straighten out and streamline our medical system. Health care for everyone and everyone for health care! Everybody should be able (and have the right AND the will) to live forever!

I don’t know about you, but it strikes me that the more humanity evolves, the more we lose our mental and emotional ability to keep up with it. Technology zooms right along even as we continue to try to legislate morality. Education, as defined by our system of higher learning, does nothing to help us cope with the fact that not everyone is educated, ambitious, worldly, or responsible. Some of us are just idiots who are moved around like pawns in a giant chess game being played by a bunch of PhDs who have never spent a day working at a gas station, or slaughtering chickens, or picking lettuce. They simply get their biggest thrill in life by creating strategy about how the world should be without really experiencing how it is and they wonder why the pawns are turning on them.

My title refers to the absurd idea that we mere mortals have the ability or the right to keep people from dying. We have created a society that lives a great deal longer than it did a century ago, maybe even a generation ago, and what do we have to show for it? New diseases that are created by the very medicines we are using to try to prolong life along with overwhelmed nursing homes, families, and financial systems that are struggling to keep up with the new demands.

So when did we all decide that dying wasn’t okay? I learned yesterday that a fellow who graduated from my high school took his life at age 47. I didn’t know him nor do I know the details of his decision, but part of me envies him. Suicide is usually seen as an act of cowardice, even a sin. I can understand the angst of the people left behind, as though the result of the deliberateness of the death is somehow different from that of an accident, but maybe we are creating a culture where the choice to die is being taken away from us.

Who is really benefitting from our extended life expectancies? I’m at an age where most of my friends are dealing with aging parents whose real contributions have long since been realized. Now, many of them sit around just waiting to die, even as doctors poke and prod and look for ways to increase their “quality of life”. We, in turn, sit around wringing our hands, wondering how to make them happy. Without the aid of chemistry, maybe many of them would have moved on by now, still somewhat in control of their destinies.

I don’t mean to be callous or wish anything less than happiness on anyone, but I’m beginning to feel like happiness is not in our hands anymore though there are plenty of pills we can take to make sure we are happy for the sake of others, whether we are in charge of it or not.

I just don’t think that the simple ease or attractiveness or affordability of health care is going to make people behave any differently. Those inclined to take care of themselves will continue to do so and those who aren’t, won’t. It’s simple human nature and it can’t be dictated.

Maybe the folks who don’t seem to be making much headway in their right-to-life campaigns could pick up a new tune and start fighting for right-to-death. After all, death is a part of life, right?

  1. Cheryl
    July 17, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    RIP Tony.

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