The Culture of Death

The culture of death has overtaken Europe.

And I’m not even talking about abortion. Of course, there are abortions, but there is another menace plaguing these lands beside the will to, despite other alternatives, proceed with terminating a pregnancy. I am talking about the looming cloud of despair, of existential nihilism. This is death, and it is infecting hospitals.

The Hippocratic Oath is an honor code that has been used by doctors the world over for centuries. The classic version goes as such:
I swear by Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius, and Health, and All-heal, and all the gods and goddesses, that, according to my ability and judgment, I will keep this Oath and this stipulation—to reckon him who taught me this Art equally dear to me as my parents, to share my substance with him, and relieve his necessities if required; to look upon his offspring in the same footing as my own brothers, and to teach them this Art, if they shall wish to learn it, without fee or stipulation; and that by precept, lecture, and every other mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of the Art to my own sons, and those of my teachers, and to disciples bound by a stipulation and oath according to the law of medicine, but to none others. I
will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous. I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion. With purity and with holiness I will pass my life and practice my Art. I will not cut persons laboring under the stone, but will leave this to be done by men who are practitioners of this work. Into whatever houses I enter, I will go into them for
the benefit of the sick, and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief and corruption; and, further from the seduction of females or males, of freemen and slaves. Whatever, in connection with my professional practice or not, in connection with it, I see or hear, in the life of men, which ought not to be spoken of abroad, I will not divulge, as reckoning that all such should be kept secret. While I continue to keep this Oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the art, respected by all men, in all times! But should I trespass and violate this
Oath, may the reverse be my lot!

The one thing I would like to point out here are two key elements:
1.) I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel;
2.) and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion.
Now, most pro-lifers (well, all pro-lifers) can agree on the second point. Abortion is bad.
You may be asking yourself: “why did the original Hippocratic Oath even include the second point if we see abortions happening so often nowadays?”
Unfortunately, the Oath has been revised in the past and has since been replaced by the Declaration of Geneva which was implemented in 1948 by the World Medical Assembly. Other revisions have since been made, but the original Oath is still the main transcript that all other Oaths have since borrowed from.

Back to my original point, the first element that I pointed out from the 2500-year-old
Hippocratic Oath states that:
1.) I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel;
This is interesting.
The doctor or physician pledges to protect the patient’s life and preserve it at all costs, no matter who asks. I trust you see where I am going with this.
Europe is known for its assisted suicide program. Several European countries have already legalized assisted suicide including Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, and it is unclear if these laws will spread to other European nations. Some statistics of this European crisis are included below:


There are no official data in Switzerland on the numbers of assisted suicides that take place each year, as the rate of assisted suicide is not collected centrally. Griffiths et al observe that there are approximately 62,000 deaths in Switzerland each year and academic studies suggest that between 0.3% and 0.4% of
these are assisted suicides. This figure increases to 0.5% of all deaths if suicide tourism is included (assisted suicides that involve non-Swiss nationals).


Around 3.7% of deaths in the Netherlands in 2015 were due to euthanasia. The Netherlands’ regional euthanasia review committees reported that there were 5,516 deaths due to euthanasia in 2015. That is out of a total of around 147,000 - 148,000 deaths in the Netherlands that year. This figure represents an increase of 4% of deaths due to euthanasia compared to 2014.

This crisis is extremely troublesome as these laws have become accepted in their respective nations. Now I am all for national sovereignty, but I do not even think that the legislators of these nations are acting in their own best interests, not to mention the patients’ best interests. We all know that European birth-rates are declining dramatically, and birth rates in Japan are dropping dramatically. What will happen when the native citizens of said nations stop producing future generations and instead opt to kill themselves? Now, this may sound a bit dramatic at first, but when you take into consideration the migrant crisis that has become out of control in nations such as the U.K., Germany, France, Sweden, andmore—it’s difficult to turn a blind eye.

Just recently, Alfie Evans of the United Kingdom has been placed under hospital confinement and taken off life support, against his parents’ will, because the doctors have found his life to be not worth living anymore. Is this what we as humans want? Do we want to give up when the going gets tough? Do we want to abandon all hope and kill our own populations? Now I understand that Europe is a different case than America altogether, but is it really? Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont, New Mexico, and California already have legalized assisted suicide programs, and I don’t know about you, but I think there is something fishy
going on here.

Clearly, everyone can agree that living is better than dying, right? Clearly, we can push others to
improve when they are feeling low, and we ourselves can strive to the highest levels of self-improvement along the way. I refuse to believe that people want to live this way. I refuse to believe that people truly want to see others die, and I absolutely refuse to watch it happen myself. It’s time to start seeing the forest through the trees: doctors are not always correct, and every human’s life is worth fighting for.



I wrote this for the pro life blog on my campus. Please share your thoughts, either related to this blog post, the Alfie Case, the decline of Europe, etc.

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I feel that the nihilistic despair is part of the cycle all civilisations follow (more on this to come), but in its current form it stems from a desire to remove suffering from humanity. Without suffering, specifically viewed from the Judeo-Christian perspective that it is allowed by God for our benefit, life becomes meaningless, but with God jettisoned, the mad scramble for meaning begins with the assumption that suffering must be bad.

I’m preparing an in-depth breakdown of this, stay tuned.

It’s all tied. The only thing this perverse world cares about is hedonistic orgies. If you can’t participate in those, your life is considered miserable and useless, so there is no problem terminating it.

In the future, those who aren’t nihilistic hedonists will be considered poor miserable souls that do not enjoy life, so it will be in their best interests to kill them. After all, that is what they say against abortions, that is what they have done to 12 years old already. They will realise that following this reasoning, consent isn’t even important, it will be just in our best interests to be killed.


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I use “Judeo-Christian” because I like hyphens.

That having an abortion is certainly not correct and should also be prevented. The issue of euthanasia also exists, because there are other methods of killing yourself and not inducing anyone else to get their fingers dirty. A woman at my workplace had told me that older people stop drinking and die of dehydration. The first few days are exhausting because the desire for water is natural, but at some point it becomes easier. If someone who is very old and can no longer look after himself, and life is no longer worth living, then he does not have to kill himself, but stopping to keep himself alive is fine with me.

For me, the urge to live is more of a problem. When individual people put all that is good in this world above their own life. Few are ready to die for what they consider good in the eyes of the Lord. Of course I want to reproduce before I die, but to give my life for a good cause afterwards and I think dying for it would be nice. Certainly the moment of dying is associated with fear, but the thought of meeting my God gives me pleasure. Martyrs do not come about by clinging to your physical life, but by trusting in God and doing what his will spreads on earth and encouraging others to do the same, even if it ends in death.

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