Plumb Lines

September 11, 2009

The Irony of Medical Choice

Filed under: Uncategorized — Matthew Schmitz @ 4:27 pm

I somehow missed this column from Ross Douthat. In it he makes a very, very good point about how physician-assisted suicide and the costliest life-extending treatments are symptoms of the same disease:

In each case, the goal is perfect autonomy, perfect control, and absolute freedom of choice. And in each case, the alternative approach — one that emphasizes the limits of human agency, and the importance of humility in the face of death’s mysteries — doesn’t mesh with our national DNA.

It’s nice to see that good writing is alive and kicking on the Times op-ed page.

-Matthew Schmitz

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