A Good Death: How Baby Boomers Will Change the World A Final Time
I'd like to know what reactions others have had to it. It's a little shocking to my sensibilities at first, but considering what I know about modern culture, nothing espoused in the article is surprising.
Here's a little snippet:
Boomers don’t see it that way. To them, a good death is more about a good life. When they can’t have that any longer, it’s time to pull the plug. This will be the first generation to broadly eschew painful life-extending procedures and make the most of palliative care to live better in fewer days, and then die with dignity.The third sentence stood out to me. "When they can't have that any longer, it's time to pull the plug."
If a more selfish sentence was ever written, I would be surprised.
I just attended the funeral of an uncle yesterday. Funerals really put life into perspective. They are a reminder that we are mortal, and only God knows how much longer we have. Death really is the ultimate submission: submission to our own mortality, to the natural order, and ultimately, submission to God. That is why any deliberate action to bring about death (murder, suicide, etc) is so contrary to the law and the will of God.
But this baby boomer generation just can't seem to grasp that.
If you have thoughts, please leave a comment. I'm curious to know what you think.