The Slippery Slope to Compulsory Euthanasia?
On the UK morning news, I heard the aging population described as “a problem” — especially those who will reach the age of sixty-five in five years’ time. This is the group that the Government has shat upon by telling them they’ll have to wait longer for their pensions, notifying them in writing that they’ll receive their pensions by such and such a date at the earliest. Note the use of the word “earliest” which leaves things open for the Government to move the goal post again.
What about the youngsters who can’t obtain jobs, while the elderly have no option but to work until they drop, or join the dole queue, too? How are youngsters ever going to get a foot on the work or property ladder? Added to this, it’s being suggested that the elderly who end up needing residential medical care, should raise the money by releasing equity in their properties.
So what do we have here?
- Retirement age increase
- Youth unemployment increase
- Pension savings for the Government
- Increasing numbers of young people on Job Seekers’ Allowance
- Increasing numbers of people (young and old, being forced to take crap jobs) or have their benefits removed
- Non-repayment of University Loans
- More 20-30 year-olds having to live with their parents
- Children no longer inheriting from parents
I could make this list go on forever, but these eight points are enough to show huge holes in the Government’s thinking. Surely the ever-increasing cost of providing money for unemployed youngsters, will wipe out any savings made by increasing the retirement age?
Why should the elderly population be classed as a problem, when before we’ve been told to eat healthy food and exercise, so we’ll live longer?
As history has shown, when one section of a population starts viewing another as a “problem”, the solution has often been less than desirable. Which leads me to the question, will we arrive at a point where those in charge will introduce voluntary euthanasia, followed later by compulsory euthanasia, for people over a certain age?
Does anyone remember these two movies?
Solyent Green (1973) — starring Charlton Heston, in which the population are fed something they believe is high energy plankton, but which turns out to be made from human corpses from an assisted suicide clinic called “home”.
Logan’s Run (1976) — starring Michael York and Jenny Agutter, who are attempting to escape going to “Sanctuary” at the age of 30, which is a 23rd Century form of population control in a manmade city without crime, hunger, or strife.
Science fiction has a way of becoming science fact further down the line, so we should beware of the word “problem” being applied to the elderly.
For further reading about Euthanasia, you can find a list of books (both fiction and non-fiction) at http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/euthanasia
And a list of movies which explore the subject at http://www.finalexit.org/assisted_suicide_in_the_movies.html