An article by Peter Saunders of the UK’s Christian Medical Fellowship (hyperlinked at the end of this post), succinctly explains the future that western nations face in relation to ageing populations. One future is that seen as the solution by utilitarian humanists and will ultimately mandate the killing of the elderly. Consider the following quotes from Minette Marin’s column in the UK Sunday Times, ‘The life or death decision facing the grey cuckoos in our midst’, (subscription required)
‘All those who don’t (have a generous pension or financial assets) will become outsize grey cuckoos, crowding out the nests of the overworked young…..
‘old people who, entirely of their own free will, decide to take their lives without pressure from anyone else are, I think, to be admired and thanked. They are sparing themselves and their families a great deal of suffering and are relieving those around them and the welfare state of a burden. Surely that is an honourable act.’
The other future is one in which we stop killing our children, build up families and live more simply in an interdependent world where every person is is loved and valued regardless of their level of infirmity.