Friday, September 18, 2009
[Jews at Birkenau selected upon arrival for the gas chamber - a taste of Darwinian health care?]
During the recent debate concerning health care reform, one criticism of the President's plan is that it would allegedly create death panels - governmental bodies that would cut off care for the critically ill as a cost-cutting measure.
It's interesting to consider what Charles Darwin, the founder of atheism, would have had to say about this:
With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated; and those that survive commonly exhibit a vigorous state of health. We civilised men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination; we build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed, and the sick; we institute poor-laws; and our medical men exert their utmost skill to save the life of every one to the last moment. There is reason to believe that vaccination has preserved thousands, who from a weak constitution would formerly have succumbed to small-pox. Thus the weak members of civilised societies propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man. It is surprising how soon a want of care, or care wrongly directed, leads to the degeneration of a domestic race; but excepting in the case of man himself, hardly any one is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed.
The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin
Talk about health care reform! Wow! According to atheists, we should discontinue health care or we will eventually lose the evolutionary battle and become extinct. This is supposedly science.
If the atheists become more influential, we should probably start investing in companies producing hydrogen cyanide and crematoria.
[An atheist might argue that Darwin is not making here any practical recommendation, and on the contrary immediately afterwards he argues that “if we were intentionally to neglect the weak and helpless, it could only be for a contingent benefit, with an overwhelming present evil”. Clearly, however, someone a little more heartless or bolder perhaps, than Darwin could reach a different conclusion. In fact, that is exactly what happened later in Germany. It could even be argued that were Darwin alive today and were he to witness the present economic crisis and spirally health care costs, he himself might have decided differently regarding the “weak and helpless”.]
Posted by jewish philosopher at 3:58 PM