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Tonight's Theme is Controversy

Originally I was going to start this entry with a paragraph about LiveJournal invite codes. As I have already left a comment voicing my displeasure at that idea that is unnecessary, however, and I've already seen in passing a couple communities on here devoted purely to trading invite codes for different sites, and all that would happen is LiveJournal being added to the list, and the method of protection circumvented. Besides, the idea behind it is to mitigate some spam problem, which means all the spammers have to do is figure out what formula is being used to create the codes, then make their own. That's assuming the codes posted to the community were snapped up too quickly for them to use, but there are two points of weakness right there.

The other controversial thing is the third comment down in this submission. I upvoted them (as fruitless as that was, because it's at negative fifteen as I type this) simply for having the temerity to say what I had started thinking after reading the parent comment. It's sort of interesting, because I wonder what's wrong with me to cause such thoughts. If anything, a little bit of misanthropy starting to creep in, but this is the way I see it. Simply put, it's survival of the fittest. In nature, creatures die all the time and life goes on, but we see it that way because we've come to accept the natural cycle of things / give and take and all that (although to clarify one point, I'm referring to the idea of predator vs. prey, and not that of hunting). With humans, however, it's apparently different for some reason. Perhaps it's having given birth to the child or... how to say, having assisted in the act and thus feeling that said child is a part of you that makes people so attached. Or maybe part of it is also wanting to see a bit of yourself live on into future generations. In this case though, when the child is obviously not living a normal life, what's the point? I'm not saying all children should be free of flaws, and those who aren't left to fend for themselves, but is it really worth it?

I suppose in this case, the only person who can answer that is / are the parent(s) of the child.

As for the part of the comment about their health insurance costing so much, that's an excellent point as well. Breaking away from very young children for a moment, say you have a relative of any age you like who is kept alive solely by various pieces of assistive machinery, that you pay either none or very little of thanks to the government. There would be no acceptable reason for such leeching to be going on, and having said that, I can also say that if I one day found myself in the same position, where my body was no longer capable of sustaining itself, I would simply accept the fact that there was nothing more to be done. Unless, of course, I had the money to pay for such equipment myself, which is exactly what I would expect of anybody else. In fairness, those are only my thoughts now, which might very well have drastically changed by the time I'm old enough to be at risk for those sorts of things, but that doesn't change anything for the time being.

Thing is, not everybody sees that the way I do. In the submission linked above, that comment is the only one of it's kind. The rest are supportive, and are most likely made by people who would be willing to donate a couple bucks if the submitter found a site that could do what they wanted. That's great for them and all, but there are always two sites to every situation.

Also, just in case this entry does spark any feelings of indignation, please don't yell at me. These are simply my thoughts on the matter, and I'm writing about them because it's interesting to see and note how my views are changing.

With that, I think I'm off to bed again though. Playing Battle Network 6 took up most of my night after getting home, and of course I left writing this entry until after I got frustrated with it, so it's going on 7:20 in the morning again <3 Thankfully I have tomorrow off, and depending on how things go during the afternoon, I might go out to Staples to find a bookcase for my game guides and possibly games. Well, a problem with that would be how I hang my tails from the supports that are holding up the shelf my games are on right now, so if I bought a bookcase and moved the games to it the tails would look odd just hanging there... I'll work something out tomorrow though, because for now I need to go to bed, so I'm not too tired come Tuesday afternoon~

Comments

Problem with letting people die is who makes the decision and by what criteria. We can't really let the medical professionals decide when someone lives or dies and I'm sure they wouldn't want that responsibility either.
I don't think it would ever be possible to specify such criteria (and to enforce it would be an even bigger nightmare on all levels), but responsibility, at least the way I'm looking at it, should be a simpler matter. I too doubt there are (m)any doctors who would want to or could make such a decision, and ideally, the choice would be left to the family, so it would be their responsibility.

Now, in the case of some horrible deformity or other affliction that any doctor can tell the patient is in severe pain and will never recover from by looking at, I would hope they have the authority to say "I'm sorry, but there was no other way", but such cases would logically be far and few between.

I'm just thinking about what makes hanging on worth it. Unless you're saying it's worth it because the alternative is quite extreme...

At least that's the closest I can think right now.

(also, this is terribly morbid, so hopefully pointing that out and also saying I just wonder sometimes will help that~)