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Notes and Works Cited

The end of life issue, here discussing Euthanasia is a small attempt to conserve what is living versus a process as assisted death in all its forms. In the United States the legal case rests in whether there is a "Liberty interest" in the 13th amendment. A growing trend in the philosophic and medical forum is the complement on both sides, pro and con with the Sancticity of Life argument.
David Nollmeyer

The Sancticity of Life: A Refutation of Euthanasia


            A positive and correct valuation of human life will support decisively


whether euthanasia or mercy killing is or should be moral, legal, and ethical.


To undertake this issue, what must also be addressed is the right of the


individual versus the collective. The idea of laws must also be invoked. Does


any entity or feature of nature operate or bind us to participate in our existence


in an absolute universal manner or is our existence and this subject relavatistic?


Are we at liberty to choose our own preference without the fetters of a macro-


organizer of sorts?


            To state the case a very simple outline of the theory laws will be used


as an outline to which is common in philosophy and political science. This


framework will   support the case of the Sancticity of Life: 1


1.      Eternal law- This is religion and universal

2.      Natural law- This is the physical laws of nature and universal. It may also include the natural reason of humans as philosophy

3.      Positive law- This is the legal law of a state or supranational organization; it may be universal or particular

The Sancticity of Life, in its simplest presentation argues that all life has a value and status that should be recognized before any measures are deliberated to extinct or terminate life. Death is an irreversible condition. Great aforethought should be taken in light of the end condition. The Sanctity of Life case extends to all life not just the exclusive case of humans. However in the particularity of the present issue of euthanasia we are dealing with humans.

The theory of laws is important. In degree laws are stronger than principles. There are times when a law may be described as a principle. In analogy, all mathematics are reducible to the operations of four laws: commutative, distribution, association, and addition. The same terms are used in predicate calculus or formal logic.

            The concept of eternal law is an extremely important feature, if not the


most important consideration in any debate. It is basically an abstract feature


of the deity or Godhead. It is universal, eternal, and exists as a higher


substance than events in natural and positive law, which would be subordinate


and descend from eternal law. As eternal, time and space would not be able to


operate on eternal law which would have authored the two. As two eternities


cannot exist simultaneously, the eternal law must emerge victoriously or such


does not exist. It is therefore only a fetish, or a perception.


            Arguing in an existential manner, than is to say arguing in the positive


that eternal law does exist as authorized religious authorities say such exists,


we will examine a few primary arguments. If a Godhead or deity exists all


subsequent living entitities are drawn from such. As such we are dealing with


propriety of office. This argument will also be reflected towards the positive


law that has roots in religious traditions. I will use the Catholic tradition for an


example. Christianity believes that there is a Triune Godhead that exists a


priori to the human condition. The second person of the Godhead, Jesus has


been handed over the power to judge mankind twice, once at death singularly,


and then collectively at a second coming. To deny this right makes Jesus


human. It takes away his position as being sent to judge mankind. This position


is to not be taken lightly (Thigpen).  


            A second case is that He created them and loveth them all. and


Thou shall not kill. Here we are referring to the Father or first person and to


all life. But this verse in context is taken in regard to the power and authority


to judge. Historically, as is pointed out by St Augustine in The City of God,


there is no euthanasia for Christian soldiers on the battlefield. Other soldiers


must walk past the fallen until God calls them home. This is also related to free


 will. This is also a moral instruction in courage, martyrdom for the church, and


creating a sustainable culture. This is orthodox and is a facet of Christian love,


not a mundane human communative relationship that is strictly neighbor-to-


neighbor (Thigpen). In continuo will follow a very direct passage by Franjo


Cardinal Seper (Seper).


                     3.  Intentionally causing one's own death, or suicide,

                      is therefore equally as wrong as murder; such an action

                     on the part of a person is to be considered as a rejection

                     of God's sovereignty and loving plan.  Furthermore,

                     suicide is also often a refusal of love for self, the denial

                     of a natural instinct to live, a flight from the duties of justice

                     and charity owed to one's neighbor, to various communities or

                     to the whole of society--although, as is generally recognized,

                     at times there are psychological factors present that can

                     diminish resposnsibility and entirely remove it.


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