Death: No One is Obliged to Keep You From It

What do you mean, "Everybody Dies?"

“Everyone dies” is becoming more and more inconvenient and politically incorrect. Who wants to die? No one, of course. Therefore everyone must make every conceivable effort, however inefficient, illogical, or possibly even immoral, to keep everyone whom they may or may not know alive as long as humanly possible.

This is complete bullarky for the most prominent and powerful reason that obligating everyone to prevent your death is paramount to slavery, and while that seems a bit harsh, it ignores a host of reasons that include cultural, societal, religious, economic and intellectual differences, not to mention the simple concept of love and how that is anything but an evenly applied point of view in this world.

I don’t love everyone in the world. I can’t. I’m not capable. I might have some ethereal, half-assed affection for mankind, but I’ll be damned if I meet a quarter of a tenth of a millionth of a fraction of its population. Being human no more engenders or obligates my love than should a search for a car leave every vehicle ever made as a possible purchase option. I don’t need dump trucks, aircraft haulers or submersible car. I don’t need Japanese micro-SUVs or Russian sedans. And to consider every vehicle implies I alone have the power, authority or even a role in committing my limited energies to.

I can’t love everyone. Could I save the entire world from the ravages of disease, death and dismemberment, I’d offer that power to do just that. But I can’t. Not only can I not do it, myself, but since I can’t verify other people’s motivations, I won’t offer them my money to do it in my stead.

Everyone dies. Men might die from testicular cancer or high cholesterol. Women might die from breast cancer or maybe something distinctly feminine. Whatever that may be, their own propensity for death does not justify taking money from other people (who might use that money to save themselves), in order to prevent their own death. This is justified because death is something everyone assumes that everyone else is as mutually afraid of.

Well, that’s a poor assumption. Not everyone is as afraid of death as you are. It’s a natural part of life — everyone dies — and there is no guarantee that your life, or someone whom you love, SHOULD live up to 60 or 70 years. Averages don’t denote finalities, certainties or “shoulds.” Averages are merely amalgamations of common experiences.

What was common prior to the twentieth century? Rampant infant death, cancer, death, average life cycles of 40-45 years. What if we use those averages? Maybe African averages, where the average lifespan is early 20’s?

Everyone dies. So will you. Because of that, you have very poor justification to take money from someone else to prevent your timely death. Why timely? Because there’s nothing that slates how long you should live. Nothing. Not a law of averages, not humanism, not even the Bible. Nothing says a human must live ____ long.

“I might die, give me your money.”

The typical arguments are that certain people by location, race or gender, have a higher propensity for death than those around them, and thus deserve or merit other people’s money so that they, too, might live as long as everyone else.

These are my chil'rens.

In my own community, I’d provide full support to help people I know. With whom I commune every day. Whom I can have an impact in. And if I choose voluntarily to send money to little children in Africa I never meet, then it’s my choice, and I can choose whom arbitrates that money, and can go see a direct impact my money has.

But I don’t trust the government. I don’t believe I get the bang for my buck. I believe they take my dollar and spend only a fraction of it on what might even be good, much less what I might actually want. I don’t believe I can really walk anywhere and see if I’m getting my money’s worth. Because 400,000,000 can’t agree on what the government should provide above the very most basic of constitutionally appropriate services, then the government shouldn’t provide them! Nor offer control of them.

Government can’t save us from death. And it can’t be used to keep us from hurting from life’s common ills. Only individuals can customize their own life experience to their own best benefit. And I will not have someone I’ve never met making decisions over me and mine.