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21st-Sep-2009 09:24 pm - LOL CLASS
25th-Jan-2008 06:06 pm - A philosophical idea....
Westboro Baptist Church... should be erased from the face of the galaxy.
23rd-Oct-2007 01:58 am - Being sick or something
This probably doesn't really fit in here at all, but it's not like anyone uses this for anything anyway.

My grandmother was talking today about some virus or someshit that's going around in Virginia and killing people. Apparently its immune to antibiotics, so people are scared shitless. I don't know.

This got me thinking though... I don't get sick very often, and when I do, I don't take any medicine to cure my sickness. I only take meds that make symptoms go away. I realized recently that the reason I do that instinctual-y is to strengthen my immunity system. Somewhere down the road I subconsciously realized that treating a disease with meds makes the body's immunity system kind of lazy. It doesn't have to work very hard, so it doesn't do much when a new bacteria comes around. So basically, my immunity system takes care of many bacteria before they become a disease. So I rarely get sick.

I think I also have to take thanks for that from how I was allowed to play as a child. I climbed trees, fences, ran around all over the place, played in the dirt for sure, and busted my ass plenty of times. So early on I was giving my immunity system something to fight. And now I think that's very important for little kids to experience. I'm constantly hearing of how either tag or something else gets banned at recess.. I won't go into frivolous lawsuits that's causing this; but parents aren't seeing the big picture. Sheltering a child like that would only make him weaker physically.

Anyway, that wasn't where I really wanted to go. Speaking for myself... scrapped knees, refusal to take meds, and I was never big on washing my hands when I come home... those things made my immunity system stronger. At least I believe so.

And now... discuss?
15th-Aug-2007 06:49 pm(no subject)
Has anyone seen John Q?

If so, discuss.
1st-May-2007 11:13 am - A serious question
Bleach ending

Please give a thorough response.
10th-Dec-2006 12:52 am - War
This community was never intended to seriously be used, but hey, what the hell why now throw something out there!

So, here's a question for you:
Why do we fight? Why are we at war? Is it worth it?

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28th-Sep-2006 11:55 pm - In ethics today...
Suicide - (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of willfully ending one's own life. - Wikipedia


Euthanasia - (from Greek: ευθανασία -ευ, eu, "good", θανατος, thanatos, "death") is the practice of terminating the life of a person or an animal because they are perceived as living an intolerable life, in a painless or minimally painful way either by lethal injection, drug overdose, or by the withdrawal of life support. - Wikipedia

I bring this up because... there are no posts here yet! :D And because I like discussions. And also because my Death and Dying class had a guest last Tuesday come talk about the ethical issues with death. Now there was a lot said, but I'll just bring this one up because it was more relevant and interesting in my opinion.

Suicide is generalized as something bad in today's society. In fact everyone and their mothers will try to stop you from it, unless of course they hate you or are just sadistic or something. When we think of suicide we don't usually take into consideration people who are no longer capable of daily living (ie - Alzheimer's, paralysis, loss of limbs, constant pain from a disease). Unless there is something else in that person's life that makes it worth enduring the pain, if there is no other way of ending it, is suicide not an appropriate form of relief?

And so I get into the next topic; we don't have a problem putting dogs to "sleep," even after mumbling about how cruel and sad it is. We all in the end agree that our dear pet was sick, and suffering, and this was best for him. When a person is lying in a hospital and is suffering from Alzheimer's we don't think of killing them to end their suffering. You bring that idea up and you'll get bad looks. When someone got into an accident and lost use of his arms and legs, all that's left for him is to sit in a wheelchair and be catered to. Unless there is that other reason to endure that kind of life, he is just suffering in that position. And furthermore if he decides suicide, he doesn't have the physical capability to do it himself. Why would it be wrong to help him?

In the case of Dr. Kevorkian; he was charged with murder after the case of Thomas Youk, who was not physically able to kill himself. Prior to this, all of Dr. K's patients (don't know if that's a proper term) pressed the button to release the deadly gas themselves. Even though Youk gave his full consent, Dr. K is not sitting in jail for 2nd degree homicide.

Personally, I don't plan to live a long life. I especially don't plan to live once I'm incapable of enjoying my life any long. As an artist, if I ever loose the use of my arms, and there is no medical treatment, or otherwise a way of getting the use of them back, I would request some heroine and a painless death by the end of that day. I have no intention of having someone else wipe my ass for me. If it has to happen, it's my time to die.

Dying with dignity is important to people, and if they are at those stages of their life, I think it's only fair to allow them die when they think it's their time.

Now on to discussion!
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