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Killing of Convenience Now, Killing of Convenience Later

I think Mark Shea makes a great point:

Attn: short-sighted Boomers. Support euthanasia today, and your kids will be happy to avail themselves of it tomorrow when you get too old to change the Beatles CD yourself. You can't say Roe v. Wade hasn't taught anything to the ones who escaped the knife. There's a very simple lesson there: inconvenient people should die. Someday, O Boomer, you shall be inconvenient. A big demographic bulge of "useless eaters" perched atop an inverted Social Security pyramid. What O what shall overtaxed Gen X and Gen Y people do to ease the burden of having to pay for the retirement of the most narcissistic generation in history?

Tick tock.

For some contrast, I'm right between what are generally known as Generations X and Y, and my general impression is that the percentages who respect life are increasing, not the other way around. I guess we'll see when we see. That, however, is not a phrase that I'd take lightly if it were my life on the line. On the other hand, I sometimes get the impression that many Boomers think that they want to be "put out of their misery." Again, we'll see what their attitude is when they're in Dr. Faustus's position.

Posted by Justin Katz @ 11:04 AM EST


I overheard a conversation of someone in his 20's mocking the fact that his grandparents in their 90's are having difficulty taking care of their own needs at home. This sort of thing I've heard before generically about "geezers" but never about one's own parents or grandparents.

Patrick Sweeney @ 06/20/2003 05:00 PM EST


I didn't say that respect of or special application of general principles to parents was part of the trend. To be honest, my generation may feel the least connected to the elders in their families in recent history.

Of course, this is terribly oversimplified and, in some ways, a shot into a broad, blurry target, but perhaps one can generalize that being the first generation that could have been discarded on a whim before birth has fostered a better perspective on the value of life, while decreasing intergenerational esteem for those who've let it all slip so far.

But keep in mind, I'm just speaking of my own impressions, and there's certainly the possibility of wishful thinking in what I've said.

Justin Katz @ 06/20/2003 10:58 PM EST

You make the comment that yours is the first generation that could be done away with before death. Where do you get this historical information? Abortion has been practiced in many cultures for thousands of years, China for instance, ancient Egypt another.
There have always been the women who had the knowledge to end pregnancies without anyone being informed that there was even a pregnancy. Legal abortion is nothing new, it's just new in it's implementation in the United States.
If there was still a strong moral fibre in this country, we wouldn't need legal abortion. Of course the debut of the pill didn't help either.

anonreader @ 06/21/2003 09:32 PM EST


You caught me: I was speaking provincially — within the confines of my own culture and country. I imagine the range would open some if one were to emphasize the openness of abortion. Frankly, I don't know how ancient or distant civilizations have handled abortion, but it seems pretty new that Western youths have had the reality of their good fortune on that count pounded home so regularly.

As for the rest of your comment, I'm not shy about complaining that our society's moral fiber isn't stronger. However, I don't believe that our weakness makes something as wicked as abortion necessary. Indeed, as you suggest with the pill, the availability and acceptability of abortion surely go a long way toward facilitating loose morality.

Justin Katz @ 06/21/2003 10:22 PM EST