Think back 100 years

YOU can’t make people happy by law. If you said to a bunch of average people two hundred years ago “Would you be happy in a world where medical care is widely available, houses are clean, the world’s music and sights and foods can be brought into your home at small cost, travelling even 100 miles is easy, childbirth is generally not fatal to mother or child, you don’t have to die of dental abcesses and you don’t have to do what the squire tells you” they’d think you were talking about the New Jerusalem and say ‘yes’. — Terry Pratchett

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7 thoughts on “Think back 100 years

  1. Doing less as the years go on. Also living less.

    Maybe in 200 years the family robot will go out and work and we will just sit at home and try to find ways to help pass the time.

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  2. See, this is why legalized euthanasia freaks me out….

    “Belgian euthanasia cases jumped 25 per cent in one year. It is now the cause of nearly one in 50 deaths in the country.”

    BELGIUM’S CONTROVERSIAL EUTHANASIA LAWS

    In 2002 Belgium became the second country in the world, after The Netherlands, to legalise euthanasia. Since then, an increasing number of people have chosen to die using this method.
    In 2012, 1,432 people were allowed to go through assisted suicide indicating a 25 per cent increase in the number of assisted deaths.

    Guidelines set out by the country’s parliament mean patients wishing to end their own lives must be conscious when they ask to die. They also have to be under a ‘constant and unbearable physical or psychological pain’ resulting from an ‘accident or incurable illness’.

    A survey earlier this year found 32 per cent of assisted deaths are done without request and 47% of the assisted deaths go unreported.

    In one case, a 44-year-old woman with chronic anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder, was euthanised, along with a 64-year-old woman who was suffering from chronic depression.

    The Belgian parliament is reportedly on the verge of passing legislation that would allow people under 18 to consent to euthanasia.

    Mail Online 2/10/13

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    • Come on Mon.
      If it weren’t for modern science and developments in social philosophies/mores your god would’ve ‘euthanased’ many of these ‘free-will’ suicides long before they decided to go, and often in seriously gruesome and painful ways.

      Knowlegeable, voluntary assisted suicide when an individual decides the time is right for them is one of the kindest things of which we’re capable. Nobody has the ‘moral’ right to prevent that.
      ……..ever wonder how Jesus would’ve felt if some misguided nitwit had rescued him from the cross?
      ……and he didn’t even exercise a ‘free-will’ choice to go.

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      • We are often kinder to our suffering animals than our suffering humans. But I can’t see a way of guarding against misuse of a euthanasia law.

        Kindly doctors would once illegaly and secretly help someone pass away, and I think that was perhaps the best arrangement, but there is too much scrutiny for it’s to work now.

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      • Yeah, that’s a hard one Dreamweaver.
        One solution might be to learn who the subject’s best friend is beforehand, and then make sure that’s the only person allowed to do the job when the time comes. With assistance if necessary, but nonetheless

        When the time comes for my dog, I think it’s important to take responsibility for doing what’s necessary personally, rather than deliver it to a stranger (usually in a place the dog dislikes: the Vet’s) and do what I can to ensure the dog senses that we’re sharing the moment: that it’s not alone. Unlike people, you can’t explain what’s going on to an animal, though their senses are aware of a momentous event, so reassurance is important.
        A final visit to it’s canine chums, a long playtime, a big feed of it’s favourite food loaded with valium or somesuch, after which it’s happy to doze off cuddled close.
        And then a suitable bullet precisely placed in the brainstem, horizontally, back to front.

        About the hardest thing a friend could ever do, believe me, but also the kindest.
        …and isn’t that what friends are for?

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  3. But back at the ranch in Australia, people had most of those goodies for 30,000 years without the need for money or income tax. I guess you can’t have everything….

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