By the sound of things there is a whole lot of suffering going on … just listen to anyone, all eager to share their suffering, all the while desperately trying not to sneeze, or cough, or sniffle because we have all slid into being terrified lest we find ourselves featured in the final scene of “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers” .
… I’M FINE! … I’M FINE! I AM JUST SHOPPING FOR FRIENDS. Now we are finding out who actually has friends and who has e-friends, or maybe iFriends … but iFriends can’t go do your shopping for you and deliver in person.
In Canada we have, for decades now, been receiving the daily message, dressed up in Health Care lingo, that “It’s OK for us to kill you if you have no political voice and your existence is inconvenient or, even, your in the wrong place at the wrong time“. In the last few years a new message has been added to this steady drone, that new message being the steady drumbeat of “It’s OK to kill yourself if you are unhappy with your “Quality of Life“.
Now, the “In Crowd” think is great to have set up a “Living Will” to instruct any Canadian Doctor to kill them if they are admitted into hospital, “suffering and with low quality of life”, and are unable to verbally instruct medical staff as to their desires at that moment. I have had this “discussion” with some of my own family members who have converted to this new cult from their previous affiliation of “Atheist”.
We can see all sorts of interesting spin-offs from this desire to avoid suffering at any cost, including “Kill Me, Please!”, co-existing simultaneously with very expensive “preserve life” protocols active in our current national “Health Care System”. A very interesting article was posted a couple of days ago on Dr. Malcolm Kendrick’s blog here. This post is well worth the read and gives much food for thought. Will the real cost of the COVID-19, the Red Flu, be the loss of civil liberty and the removal of any protections in law for the more defenseless members of our society.
I can easily imagine a fertile, high yield, farm of bureaucratic rationalization of draconian health related decisions, all driven by ROE and sounding rather like what Dr. Kendrick relates:
…”we should focus on doing things whereby we can do the most good (save the most lives) for the least possible amount of money. Or use the money we have, to save the most lives. In fact, this is why the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) was established. NICE reviews interventions and decides whether they provide value for money. The economic term for this is cost-effectiveness. This work is complex and often relies on assumptions that can be difficult to verify. However, keeping this as simple as possible, NICE tries to compare healthcare interventions against each other by using a form of ‘currency’ called the cost per QALY. A QALY is a Quality Adjusted Life Year. One added year of the highest quality life would be one QALY.
It seems C. S. Lewis touched on exactly what we are witnessing before our very eyes. In “That Hideous Strength: A Modern Fairy-Tale for Grown-Ups”, first published in 1945, he breathes life into these ideas in a primary character of the book, in his description of the aggressive vision of the scientific group called N. I. C. E. (The National Institute for Coordinated Experiments), and in his attribution of N. I. C. E.’s views and actions to the demons, or … “devilry.”
You really should read the post from Dr. Kendrick, and the C. S. Lewis article. As you inevitably walk or crawl or are wheeled or dragged down the ever narrowing path of life to your natural demise, what will you choose? What choices will be thrust upon you? Will you get your rightly allotted number of “Quality Adjusted Life Years“, your entitled QALY’s? Or will you find yourselves among those who end up on the wrong side of the committee and their review, on the wrong side of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). That secretly constituted, minute-less meeting of faceless corner-office 3 piece suites who, as the legal servants of “NICE”, regularly review interventions and decide whether they provide value for money.
Will we look back from our crematorium jobs, during our mandatory 10 minute water break, and wistfully remember “The Good Old Days” before 2020 and COVID-19? “Remember the days before the Red Flu? Gee, things sure were good then, remember? ”