Depressing Euthanasia Stats In Europe
The latest official figures also revealed a 15 per cent surge in the number of euthanasia deaths from 4,188 cases in 2012 to 4,829 cases last year. The incremental rise is consistent with a 13 per cent increase in 2012, an 18 per cent rise in 2011, 19 per cent in 2010 and 13 per cent in 2009. – The UK Daily Mail
David Goldman once wrote the following about Post-modern Europe.
For today’s Europeans, there is no consolation, neither the old pagan continuity of national culture, nor the Christian continuity into the hereafter…. They have no ambition but to die quietly, no concerns except for those amusements which might reduce boredom and anxiety en route to the grave…..They will pass out of history unmourned even by themselves.
The UK Daily Mail gives us a data set by which we can speculate on just how such a doom would look mathematically. It seems that aging people in the Netherlands are being euthanized, put down like unwanted dogs, at an exponentially increasing rate. This rate is in the proximate ballpark of 15% more every year.
As shown in the graphic above, making a ceteris paribus assumption with respect to this rate of increase in euthanasia and then projecting into the future paints a picture of European self-hatred that saddens the soul. If a few more than 2000 Dutch were put to sleep in 2008, we can project using the assumption above that 1,000,000 will be sent riding on the night train to The Big Adios by 2050.*
Keep in mind how much The American Progressives admire their European brethren. Remember Ezekiel Emmanuel’s dictums on just how long you should be allowed to remain alive. Here is how he tempts us all to put out the lights.
But here is a simple truth that many of us seem to resist: living too long is also a loss. It renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonetheless deprived. It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world. It transforms how people experience us, relate to us, and, most important, remember us. We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic. – The Atlantic
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