VividHope Mix #3 – Top Tunes This Week

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VividHope Mix #3

Each week I try to post some tracks and videos to new or recently discovered music which is worth listening to (in my opinion). So, here we go with this weeks selection:

VividHope Mix #3 – Top Tunes This Week

SoundCloud

FEWS – The Zoo

Three Dog Night – One

Calibro 35 – Calling All Units To Broccolino

Shark – Down Low

Nils Frahm – For

Awesome Vids

Metal Church – Badlands

Earthless – Sonic Prayer

Om – State of Non-Return

The Contortionist – Language I: Intuition

Mystery Skulls – Paralyzed

Marnie Stern – For Ash

2:54 – Orion

Have I missed an awesome tune? If so leave a comment below and let me know what it is! Cheers :)


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Opinion: A Moral Duty to Shorten Suffering

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Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill now being debated in Parliament. In summary it will:

  • Result in fewer dying adults – and their families – facing unnecessary suffering at the end of their lives, subject to strict upfront safeguards, as assessed by two doctors.
  • Bring clarity to an area of the law that is currently opaque and thereby provide safety and security for the terminally ill and for medical professionals.
  • Neither legalise voluntary euthanasia, where a doctor directly administers life-ending medication nor act as a slippery slope to do so.
  • Protects anyone who doesn’t have a terminal illness, including elderly and disabled people, by not in any way affecting the law that makes it a criminal offence to assist ending their lives.
  • Above all it will give dying adults peace of mind that the choice of assisted dying is available if their suffering becomes too great for them in their final months of life.

But it’s still opposed by people who believe they have a moral duty to prolong suffering. The argument against the Bill suggests that it becomes a slippery slope to euthanasia (which of course is a logical fallacy). At first glance evidence from other countries seems to support this; some have extended euthanasia laws. However, it doesn’t necessarily follow that this would happen in the UK. This argument also encompasses the apprehension that once a Bill such as this is initiated for the terminally ill it will progress to other vulnerable communities. This is despite the fact that recent studies claim that the available evidence suggests that the legalization of physician-assisted suicide might actually decrease the prevalence of involuntary euthanasia.

Another argument is:

It is disingenuous simply to argue that ‘assisted dying’ would only be open to those who truly desired it. Desire itself is subject to external pressure, and vulnerable to shifts in social atmosphere: it can be generated, not only from independent will, but also from isolation, guilt and despair. The terminally ill patient endures the gross indignities of a failing body, is acutely demanding of resources, and clearly sees the cost that care exacts from weary family members.

However, Lord Falconer’s safeguards are robust. They are based on a law introduced in Oregon in 1997: since then a mere 752 people have invoked it. Moreover there has been unexpected support from Lord Carey and Archbishop Desmond Tutu too which has challenged the notion that only God can decide when we should die.

As Sir Patrick Stewart says:

… this Bill is about compassion and life, how people live. There’s so much emphasis on ‘we’re killing people’, the word ‘dying’, ‘dying’, ‘dying’… no, it’s not. It’s about helping people to live better.

We are not talking about euthanasia, about killing people, but about saving suffering, unnecessary suffering.

Suicide

Is this Bill right or wrong? Leave a comment below:


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VividHope Mix #2 – Top Tunes This Week

Heavy Metal!

VividHope Mix #2

Each week I try to post some tracks and videos to new or recently discovered music which is worth listening to (in my opinion). So, here we go with this weeks selection:

VividHope Mix #2 – Top Tunes This Week

SoundCloud

Bear In Heaven – Autumn

Red Fang – The Shadows

Karma To Burn – 57

Adebisi Shank – Big Unit

Electric Wizard – I Am Nothing

Awesome Vids

Mansions – Seven Years

Wobbler – Imperial Winter White

TesseracT – Concealing Fate

Outrage – Lost

Have I missed an awesome tune? If so leave a comment below and let me know what it is! Cheers :)


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