Real Life Stories
Reflections on Liam O'Flaherty story, The Sniper.
War makes enemies out of brothers & neighbors.
In the darkness within & without, do they know who they shoot at or why?
"Within the current legislature, the UK Court could not justify the right to kill under an individual's private affairs despite voluntary consent, as this would cheapen the right-to-life for others."
"The protection of all its citizens by State was deemed to be of greater importance than the respect for an individual's autonomy."
Over a billion people in our world don't have access to fresh drinkable water.
Little Josh discusses global water crisis and solutions like funding, cutting water usage, reducing leakages, desalination, nanotechnology & sustainability etc.
"Enforcing the right-to-die by law puts society on a 'slippery slope' with huge potential for abuse."
"Its interpretation can eventually reach a point where what is allowed would have been unacceptable initially."
Our education system has become a race. A race amongst all sorts of participants. Fast and slow, bright and dumb.
And it’s not always the fast or bright who get to win this race. Like in the old Aesopian fable about a race between a hare and a tortoise.
"People have the choice," Rosh smiled, "but not a right, to commit suicide, and therefore the State does not have to protect it. Suicide is legal only so that the victim is not punished (to protect life)."
"However, I agree that it is important that suffering should not be prolonged unnecessarily."
“They can act as judge, jury and executioner. Their heavy handed actions can ruin the lives of the very people that pay their premiums.”
“Ruined because of a slip. Ruined because an allegation was made. Or ruined because someone dared demand that their contract be respected.”
Did you know that one in four spotted hyena pups is killed by their own litter-mate.
Offspring of the black eagle are even more ruthless. The eagle lays two eggs, and the first chick to hatch makes sure its brother or sister never makes it out of the nest alive.
"Interpreting the right-to-die within the right-to-life is contentious," said Rosh, "While one can choose not to exercise one's right-to-life (a right explicitly protected in NZ) or choose to commit suicide (which is legal in NZ) etc., one's right-to-life does not extend to allowing someone else to take one's life."
"Voluntary consent is therefore not a universally valid defence for murder."
Boot them out! Ask them to take their fighting somewhere else where you don't have to hear it.
When they know you're not going to take sides, the fighting often settles down quickly. A pecking order is quickly established.
So lead, follow or get out of the way!