Is the problem here that you're insensitive or just stupid?
You cloud the issue by contrasting fast, painless death to slow lingering
death -- without acknowledging that avoiding risk of sudden death may lead
to many more years of life. I'd point out that the large number of people
who choose to die slowly of cancer rather than just putting a pistol in
their mouth belies your claim that you "know" how people who die of cancer
Your statement that it's better to die quickly is a false choice. Unless
you're paralyzed from the neck down, it's almost always possible to die
quickly, no matter what chronic disease you have.
But that isn't even the issue. Rather, the issue is that you seem to think
that it's appropriate for you to say what the right way for people to die
is--and your implied condemnation of those who make other choices with their
You choose how you want to die and I won't criticize that. Just refrain
from making broad value judgements on how other people should die.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2001 11:21 AM
> To: Lisa Dusseault
> Cc: FoRK@xent.com
> Subject: RE: in shock
> Oh lord. The 49 year old man got INTO the damned car and drove it REALLY
> FAST. He didn't neeed my approval to do this. If you think that it's a
> slap in the face to say that it's better to die quickly than to die slowly
> of cancer, maybe you should talk to someone who is dying of cancer. I've
> lost a few people to cancer, and I know damned well what their answers
> would have been. So, flip it around any way you like, and I'll still
> stick to what I said, and the way I said it. If you choose to take it as
> a slap in the face, fine. Consider yourself slapped.
> On Tue, 20 Feb 2001, Lisa Dusseault wrote:
> > Yeah, right. The man was 49 years old. I doubt that most
> people would be
> > willing to sacrifice twenty years of their life to die in your approved
> > fashion.
> > What you've just said is, everybody who died of breast cancer, prostate
> > cancer or leukemia, died the WRONG WAY. There's no right way to
> die and for
> > you to suggest otherwise is a slap in the face to anyone who's
> lost someone
> > they loved to cancer.
> > lisa
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> > Sent: Sunday, February 18, 2001 4:34 PM
> > To: Grlygrl201@aol.com
> > Cc: FoRK@xent.com
> > Subject: Re: in shock
> > Hey, he did it right. What better way for him to die than in
> the biggest
> > race, final turn of the final lap? Much better than to cancer or
> > something.
> > hats off,
> > C
> > On Sun, 18 Feb 2001 Grlygrl201@aol.com wrote:
> > > over the loss of the Intimidator, #3, Dale Earnhardt, Sr.,
> today, during
> > the
> > > last lap of the Daytona 500.
> > >
> > > i can't believe it. the accident didn't look that bad.
> > >
> > > g
> > >
> > --
> > "Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases, think for
> > yourself." --Doris Lessing,
> > British writer
> "Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases, think for
> yourself." --Doris Lessing,
> British writer
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