Sean Davidson. A name that I would not have remembered easily if someone had told it to me under normal circumstances. But after seeing the news article on the so called “mercy killing” of his mother, the name stuck in my mind. A summary of the story – Davidson gave his mother a lethal dose of morphine because she was in pain and she was also unsuccessful at ending her own life through a hunger strike. So he “mercifully” did what she asked him to do, help her die. He then wrote a book about it, the editors tried to change the final product, but the original manuscript was leaked, then he was arrested andis now facing charges of attempted murder. And now he is advocating to start “dignity SA” to allow it to be legal to engage in “mercy killings” for those who choose it. To that I say – hogwash. First of all, was it being merciful or selfish? Since his mother was the one going through the pain, what he heard and saw affected him as well, so killing her would relieve him of the pain and sadness that he carried because of his mother’s suffering. That does not give him the right to take a life, because anyway you look at it, he killed her. It was practically premeditated murder – he planned it, got the tools and executed it; and he doesn’t even deny it. The cherry on top – casting himself in a loving light, where he says it is all about dying with dignity. So what stops this from becoming murder? We are already killing off unborn children, calling it the mother’s choice. So where will we draw the line between “assisted suicide” and murder? Anyone could claim that they “assisted” their relative to die because they were in pain, when it actual fact they killed them to get rid of them so that they are free of any responsibility when it comes to elderly people. One can always claim it was the dead parent’s wish, but the dead can’t talk can they? So now, Mr. Davidson wants to start Dignity SA, a sister organisation to Dignity New Zealand, the very place he will be facing charges. And there seems to be a lot of sympathetic people who identify with him and support his actions – which tells me there is a group of people who are sympathetic towards the murder of the elderly because they do not want them to suffer anymore pain than they have to. So the next step is to change the law of the land to accommodate them. So, we should all abandon any idea of love and value of one’s life the moment it becomes expedient to call it having mercy? And who made us the final determinants of how and when we should end a life? Because we can’t stand pain, we vote to kill it off? In black African society, such things are unheard of. You do not go killing off the elderly just because they are suffering. You do what you can for them and let everything take its course. But since we are in the age of “enlightenment” it seems fit to ask everyone to abandon that way of thinking and embrace the new age mentality as this is the way of the future. And while we are at it, we should all be vegetarian because killing animals is the same as murder. Why isn’t that called mercy killing? You kill off a cow because you want to spare it from dying naturally. oh yeah, we are already doing that with cats, dogs and horses, to spare them pain. When someone injects a lethal dose of morphine into your body, the idea is to kill you, that is why it’s called a “lethal dose”. No matter if you give it to a frail mother, a new born child or a teenager. The moment we classify it as acting mercifully, then we have crossed the line and we have blood on our hands. And that is not easily removed. So Mr. Davidson does not have my sympathies, nor my support in starting Dignity SA. There is no dignity in what he did.
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