Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The Sanctity of Life a la Peter Singer

Peter Singer is back with his scary proposition in this short piece in Foreign Policy. Here are some of the more amazing parts:

During the next 35 years, the traditional view of the sanctity of human life will collapse under pressure from scientific, technological, and demographic developments. By 2040, it may be that only a rump of hard-core, know-nothing religious fundamentalists will defend the view that every human life, from conception to death, is sacrosanct.

Always nice to start by insulting your opponents.

In these cases, with the hope of recovery gone, families and loved ones will usually understand that even if the human organism is still alive, the person they loved has ceased to exist. Hence, a decision to remove the feeding tube will be less controversial, for it will be a decision to end the life of a human body, but not of a person.

Bodies are just so, so ...messy.

h/t: Jivin' Jehoshaphat