Assisted living- a response to Matthew Parris’ article (The Times)

In writing his article, ‘We cant afford a taboo on assisted dying’, Matthew Parris may well have unwittingly argued the case against euthanasia, or ‘assisted dying’ as those seeking to soothe their own conscience, prefer to call it. 

‘Assisted dying’ is more palatable to our western (Christian) sensibilities: a bit like substituting the words ‘planned parenthood’ for abortion clinics or ‘gender affirming care’ for the irreversible mutilation of children incapable of consent. 

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For the Love of Dogs

Thinking of the current events troubling us at home and abroad, I rather like the following quote from Mark Twain: 

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.”

I have found an antidote to the cynicism of worldly affairs in the shapely form of man’s best friend; more specifically, my border terriers. 

Our old stud dog, Taz, has enjoyed a long and happy retirement from his toil. Now fifteen, he sometimes struggles to get out of his bed and his arthritic limbs scramble across wooden floors in the manner of a novice ice skater. 

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