Monday, July 20, 2009
FIRST THINGS has a short essay by me with the above title, in which I explore the effect of choice on solidarity. Since that essay is a bit truncated, and is not available online in any event, I am providing a link to the original version.
The same argument could apply to choice at the time of death: Voluntary euthanasia makes it more likely that the disabled will be more burdened and less cared for, since they have an easy way out. And if they persist in choosing to live, they will get less sympathy and support because it's their own choice to do so.
There is a lesson here about freedom itself, but I have not quite formulated it.