Having spent some time in the morning rubbing whale oil all over my lithe muscle bound body I ventured out into the land of Nanuk. Here I discovered the world returning to some sort of normality. Some of the populace had work to go to, some went to work, others crowded the supermarkets desperate to refill the larder in spite of eating enough for the entire population of a small country over the past few days. The grumpy faces once more showed themselves, the kids trundled new scooters, bikes and other overpriced treasures and I merely passed amongst them unnoticed, at least according to all those who walked into me and carried on without apologising!
Nothing happened otherwise. The after Christmas, awaiting for New Year days are pretty quiet. The politicians hide away counting their expenses, run of the mill news is slack and even the sad tragedy of another airliner disappearing does not fill the news services timetables. A fire on a ferry helps but sadly for them almost everybody escaped. Poor reporters, how hard for them to fill their pages and hour long broadcast slots.
One sad news item concerned a lass who died. This woman suffered Multiple Sclerosis, a horrible disease that kills you after around 20 years of suffering, and she had gone to court in a bid to prevent her husband being charged if they went to a place abroad where she could commit suicide. She won some degree of support from the judges yet sadly passed away today naturally I believe. Now one of the diseases that Maida Vale dealt with when I worked in that hospital was MS, and at the time I worked there my cousin, a physiotherapist who worked with Raith Rovers and Dunfermline football clubs, also contracted this vile illness. He died years later, a fit healthy active man in his forties reduced to being trapped in a wheelchair. How he and his wife coped I know not.
However the point is should people be allowed to assist others to die? It is tempting to jump to a, shall we say emotional conclusion, and say yes! End their suffering if they wish it. However I would worry that such a decision cannot always be taken by someone confused and desperate under sickness and drugs. I would also worry that such a right would easily lead to the removal of old folks that some no longer wished to care for, and that can be distressing, or those who wish to inherit Uncle Joe's vast fortune. I caught a report on the radio claiming that such a law exists in the Netherlands today and there indeed have been problems caused by such events. Peoples wish to die often forced upon them by others for whatever reason. A difficult situation but in my view to open to abuse by many.