Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A rejection of the greatest gift


Brave and courageous??????

What an astonishing waste of human life.

Once society as a whole decided there was no God (That's like a hammer deciding it made itself and can make a house just fine...) then, of course, the idea that we are Children of that God disappeared.

Which means we're animals, and nothing special.
Which means it doesn't matter if we live or die.
Which means it's ok to kill ourselves.
Which means it's ok to kill tiny babies.
Which means, if we abort tiny babies, and horror of horrors, they actually survive the saline burns, it's ok to drown them, dismember them, or decapitate them. Yes, this happens. Yes, it's happening now. It's what abortion is, didn't you know? That's why a lot of abortionists have you deliver the baby into the toilet. If it's alive, it drowns.
Oh, unless you're thinking of the abortion where the baby doesn't survive? That's where they deliver the body of the baby, and before the head is out they shove a metal tube into the back of the skull and suck out it's brains. Because, you know, it would be so traumatic to hear the baby cry....and that baby would scream if its head were delivered.

This is a society without God. You're welcome to it.

Here's the text of the above link, just in case, in the future, the link disappears:

LONDON – British conductor Edward Downes, a longtime stalwart at the Royal Opera and maestro of the first-ever performance at Sydney's iconic Opera House, has died with his wife Joan at an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland. He was 85 and she was 74.

The couple's children said Tuesday that the couple died "peacefully and under circumstances of their own choosing" on Friday at a Zurich clinic run by the group Dignitas.

"After 54 happy years together, they decided to end their own lives rather than continue to struggle with serious health problems," said a statement from the couple's son and daughter, Caractacus and Boudicca.

The statement said Downes, who became Sir Edward when he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1991, had become almost blind and increasingly deaf. His wife, a former dancer, choreographer and television producer, had devoted years to working as his assistant. British newspapers reported that she had been diagnosed with cancer.

Dignitas founder Ludwig A. Minelli said he could not confirm the deaths due to confidentiality rules.

Downes' manager, Jonathan Groves, said he was shocked by the couple's deaths, but called their decision "typically brave and courageous."

The deaths are the latest in a series of high-profile cases that have spurred calls for a legal change in Britain, where assisted suicide and euthanasia are banned.

Despite the law, British courts have been reluctant in recent years to convict people who help loved ones travel to clinics abroad to end their lives.

London's Metropolitan Police force said it had been notified of the deaths, and was investigating.

Born in 1924 in Birmingham, central England, Edward Downes studied at Birmingham University, the Royal College of Music and under German conductor Hermann Scherchen.

In 1952 he joined London's Royal Opera House as a junior staffer — his first job was prompting soprano Maria Callas. He made his debut as a conductor with the company the following year and went on to become associate music director. Throughout his life he retained close ties to the Royal Opera, conducting 49 different operas there over more than 50 years.

He also had a decades-long association with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, where he became principal conductor and later conductor emeritus.

Downes was known for his support for British composers and his passion for Prokofiev and Verdi, on whom he was considered an expert.

In the 1970s he became music director of the Australian Opera, conducting the first performance at the Sydney Opera House in 1973. He also worked with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra and ensembles around the world.

The couple is survived by their children, who said their parents "both lived life to the full and considered themselves to be extremely lucky to have lived such rewarding lives, both professionally and personally."

The family said there would be no funeral.

There will be no funeral. Yes. About as bizarre as thinking it's a wonderful thing that one's parents have just killed themselves.

1 comment:

Emily Sarah Brooks said...

What freaks!
But I can kinda see where they're coming from...who doesn't want to die with their loved one in peace?
Suicide isn't the answer though...