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‘For Duty And Humanity!’

07 August 2019 @ 17:31

From Sky News, Lucia Binding reporting, we learn:

Former newsreader Michael Buerk has suggested that obese people should be allowed to die early in order to save the NHS money.

The 73-year-old said those who are obese may be making a “selfless sacrifice” to stop the country being overpopulated if they die a decade earlier than the rest of the population.

Writing in Radio Times magazine, the veteran BBC presenter said that fat people are “weak, not ill”.

He said he does not believe obesity should be classed as a disease in a bid to encourage people to seek treatment and to “reduce the stigma (of) fatness”, adding that “you’re fat because you eat too much”.

He said: “Who can calculate how much an obese person would have cost if they were slim?

“How much would he or she cost if, instead of keeling over with a heart attack at 52, they live to a ripe, dementia-ridden old age, requiring decades of expensive care?….”

He said: “Who can calculate how much an obese person would have cost if they were slim?

“How much would he or she cost if, instead of keeling over with a heart attack at 52, they live to a ripe, dementia-ridden old age, requiring decades of expensive care? (In any case, VAT on takeaways, confectionery and fizzy drinks more than covers it.)”

The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star added that the “freedom to make bad choices is what personal autonomy, indeed democracy, is all about”, and asked “who is to say longevity is the ultimate goal in life?”.

He said: “Let us positively reframe the argument.

“The obese will die a decade earlier than the rest of us; see it as a selfless sacrifice in the fight against demographic imbalance, overpopulation and climate change.

“Give them the facts to make informed decisions, by all means, ‘nudge’ all you like, but in the end – leave couch potatoes alone.

“They’re weak, not ill.”

For Duty & Humanity!’

As Richard Fernandez commented:

There’s nothing quite so ruthless as a lover of humanity.

Beware of anyone who declares that they Love and want to protect Humanity.

As Richard Pipes remarked about the initial Bolshevik Secret [Terror] Police, the Cheka:

…Chekists are depicted as heroes of the Revolution who carried out harsh and unpleasant duties without sacrificing their moral integrity. The typical Chekist is portrayed as uncompromisingly severe in his actions and yet sentimentally tender in his feelings, a spiritual giant with the rare courage and discipline to stifle in himself an inborn humanitarianism in order to accomplish a vital mission on humanity’s behalf…. [The Russian Revolution]

It would seem that Buerk is a Modern-Day Chekist.

Consider him a member of the UK’s Death Panel [remember those?] NHS Advisory Committee.

Britain is like California in that trends that begin in those two places are harbingers of what we’ll soon see advocated in the rest of America.

In a Sane World, Buerk would be Shunned, but we live in times where such thinking is given the stamp of Legitimacy.

In fact, while the climate of widespread moral uncertainty can in some way be explained by the multiplicity and gravity of today’s social problems, and these can sometimes mitigate the subjective responsibility of individuals, it is no less true that we are confronted by an even larger reality, which can be described as a veritable structure of sin. This reality is characterized by the emergence of a culture which denies solidarity and in many cases takes the form of a veritable ‘culture of death.’ This culture is actively fostered by powerful cultural, economic and political currents which encourage an idea of society excessively concerned with efficiency.

—St. John Paul The Great, Evangelium vitae

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Collins permalink
    07 August 2019 @ 18:10 18:10

    That’s exactly the point of National Health. . Smoke? Fuck you. Die. Drink? Fuck you, die,Bacon sandwich? Fuck you. Die. There is literally NOTHING which cannot be made a health issue, and the answer is uniform. Fuck you. Die.

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