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Jan 30, 2023Liked by Bethel McGrew

The insufferable (yeah, intended) schafers of this world always know what’s best for you and the next gal yonder, and never hesitate to make their super-duper ‘insights’ known 😤 🤬

Lawmaking sure could do worse than adopt the primum non nocere maxim. Imagine if when a new law is proposed, first thing to be examined were what harm it would do if misapplied/abused. All its supposed—purported might be a better word—benefits come second.

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I'm reminded of a passage from Crime and Punishment:

"Where is it I've read that someone condemned to death says or thinks, an hour before his death, that if he had to live on some high rock, on such a narrow ledge that he'd only room to stand, and the ocean, everlasting darkness, everlasting solitude, everlasting tempest around him, if he had to remain standing on a square yard of space all his life, a thousand years, eternity, it were better to live so than to die at once. Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be!"

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Finally had time to read this piece and found it excellent. And while we are on the subject of assisted suicide, capital punishment, etc., I would note that it is, unfortunately, possible that a day will come soon when the very societies that eschew capital punishment will embrace prisoners' so-called right to die, so long as those prisoners "consent" to it.

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As you so aptly point out this issue is at the heart of what is good about being.

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Similar to the pro-life argument, isn't it? I think they both boil down to recognition of the Imago Dei (whether it's called that or not).

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It really bothers me that someone I really admire, Bryan Caplan, is so friendly with Hanania given just how literally ghoulish Hanania's been about this ghastly issue.

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