On suicide

Feb. 8th, 2015 03:08 pm
bunsen_h: (Popperi)
The good news is that the Canadian Supreme Court has decided — unanimously — that the current laws outright banning assisted suicide are unconstitutional.  Doctors should be able to assist suicide in specific situations.

This is important, I think.  Someone who's facing severe irremediable pain, untreatable dementia, and such should be able to end their life if they wish.  One of my aunts died of ALS a few years ago; it's not a good way to go.  The usual cause of death is respiratory depression, exacerbated by opiates needed to treat the pain caused by inability to move.  And if you haven't seen Terry Pratchett's documentary "Choosing To Die", I recommend it; it's moving and troubling.

The good news is that Pamela Dean and Patricia C. Wrede's Liavek stories are to be republished, along with one new story from each of them.  These include the stories about the Green priests, an order of suicides.  Their belief is that one's death should be a work of art, but not performed until after one has resolved all of one's commitments in life.  Again, I highly recommend their stories, and I'm looking forward to the collection.  (If anyone local to me hasn't read the Liavek books and would like to, please let me know; I'm happy to loan them.)

The bad news is that I've lost another friend.

Read more about Rob... )
 
bunsen_h: (Default)
I'm sorry to report that [livejournal.com profile] mentisiterinvit is back in the hospital, and it seems quite unlikely that she'll be out in time for her birthday / dinner. I'll try to get her to post to her own LJ when she can.
 
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I have observed several friends, in recent months...  When you're excellent in some way, it's hard to convince people who don't know you that there's something wrong when you're reduced to being merely superior.  If you've normally got astonishingly-good balance and coordination, people may not accept that you've got a problem when your control is just well-above-normal.  If you're having hallucinations but are intelligent enough to recognize and discount them, observers may not believe that you're hallucinating.  If you're speaking coherently with a good vocabulary, those who don't know you may not realize that you usually function at a much higher level.

Also, some doctors are idiots.
 

For [livejournal.com profile] beable

Mar. 1st, 2011 10:12 am
bunsen_h: (Default)
I don't recall where I found this link yesterday, but I think [livejournal.com profile] beable will find it useful.

http://www.gocomics.com/mythtickle/2011/02/28/

(I suspect I may regret this.)
 

bunsen_h: (Default)
Folks, I'm getting rather desperate for social contact.  As I'm having more trouble getting around, I'm not even getting as much of the minimal social interaction involved in shopping and so forth.

I'd really like to spend time with people.  I can take the bus, if the ride isn't too long and if I can lie down for a little while afterwards.  I can walk for a couple of blocks, ditto.  I can visit people, if I can spend at least some of that time lying down.  A floor with a bit of carpeting is good enough to lie on, though something like a sofa is better.

Visitors here are welcome.  I have a modest assortment of old board games from when I was young.  I enjoy other games not requiring too much strategy or other serious intellectual challenge; at this point, I'm not up to complex brain work.  I enjoy movies in several genres.  I would happily consider other activities, provided that they're suited to someone low on energy and limited in mobility.  But on the whole, intelligent conversation is what I crave the most.  Careful hugs from friends are also welcome.

Brother, sister, can you spare some time?  Please?
 

On loyalty

Sep. 6th, 2010 11:11 pm
bunsen_h: (Default)
If/when I do something obnoxious, when I'm a jerk, I don't want my friends to support me on that point.  Please: point out that I'm in the wrong.  Politely/gently, if possible, because I'm more likely to get the message, but... please don't stand by me and say that I've done nothing wrong, out of some kind of perceived loyalty.  That's not a kind of loyalty that I want.  If someone else points out that I'm in the wrong, it's okay to agree with that person.

(Similarly, if I'm wrong on some point of fact, please correct me.  Some of the things that I know just ain't so.) 

If I'm in some kind of competition, please don't run down my competitors, claiming that they're ineligible or something if they're not, out of some kind of perceived loyalty.  I try to play fair and square.  Mud-slinging "on my behalf" makes me look bad.

I won't scream at my friends for "betraying" me by not supporting me when I'm in the wrong.  If I do have some kind of gross personality dysfunction and start screaming at my friends... see above under "If/when I do something obnoxious".

People who are jerks cause enough problems in society.  The "friends" who give them moral support compound the problem in several ways.
 

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