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By Steven J. Goldberg
[The recent FBI raid of the home of Sharlotte Hydorn, age 91, has brought the controversy over "the right to die [with dignity]" to the front page of man's consciousness. Click here to read why Hydorn may have violated a law prohibiting the sale of adulterated and mishandled medical devices that are used to commit suicide.]
The Only Question that Matters
What am I doing here and where am I going (when it's over)?
My Dogs and wild animals don't worry about what they're doing or where they are going.
They are trying to survive and don't have much time to sit around and ponder their existence.
Monotheists (Jews, Christians and Muslims) think they have the answer: They are here to love God and accept the free gift of salvation and then it's off to heaven.
Our pets are sort of like Monotheists, they think we are some kind of God, so their purpose is to love us unconditionally and we in turn, take care of them.
And when our pets can no longer perform their "activities of daily living" (ADLs), the basic tasks of everyday life, such as eating, bathing, dressing, toileting and transferring (i.e., getting in and out of a bed or chair) we act compassionately.
Instead of making them suffer, we take them to the Vet where it's legal to play them soft music, hold them in our arms and watch them go peacefully to sleep.
Thanks to a twist of religious dogma in the Dark Ages, Homo Sap...iens are now the center of the earth and are so important, they have to suffer in old age until God decides it's time for them to leave the Earth.
OK, let's say for a minute you really believe that if you gesticulate once a week at a Mega Church, believe Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and therefore you have a free pass to heaven, my question
to you is:
What are you waiting for?
I would want to get there right away, because if there is a heaven it's got to be better than "this" and if I am wrong and go to the other place (without air conditioning) early, it's for eternity, so a few more years isn't going to matter.
Don't bother trying to argue suicide is murder or some kind of unforgiveable sin – it isn't. You can kill yourself any time you like and there is nothing in the Bible that says you aren't going to heaven.
The really inconvenient truth is that you are facing either:
I know not what course others may take, but as for me if it's a choice between wearing a diaper, depending on someone because I am wearing a diaper or feeling guilty, give me Death.
Steven J. Goldberg is a former employee at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and was wrongfully terminated by AIPAC after he was the subject of a federal investigation for the unlawful receipt and disclosure of classified information obtained from a former Pentagon official.
There is evidence that the receipt and distribution of confidential foreign policy information is a common practice for AlPAC.
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