Sunday, June 21, 2015

IIWK: Ice Floe Elder Care

It's cold in more ways than one.

When I was little, I remember hearing a story about the then-called Eskimo (before the great Politically Correct revolution) who had a tradition to leave their elderly out on the ice with minimal supplies, when they were becoming so infirm that they were a drain on the tribe's resources instead of a contributor.

I'm not saying all the elderly should be deserted, and I'm not suggesting ice floes are the best place to put them, but those who are wholly dependent on machines and medicare to survive, essentially parasites on public funding, should be escorted more quickly to their final destination instead of being forced to remain.

Death is difficult for the living to consider. I recognize that.

I'm not saying that the lucid should be abandoned, or that any should be abandoned at all. However, their might be a little bit more money available to sustaining the living if less were spent on keeping the nearly-dead not dead.

You might guess that I'm an advocate of physician-assisted suicide, and you'd be right.