Thursday, 30 July 2009

7 Reasons Why I'm Against Euthanasia

So, euthanasia has come up in the news again. Whilst it is a sensitive issue, and each case will bring up different issues, I would almost always be opposed to any manner of euthanasia, and here's why:

1) I don't think any human has the right to purposefully end the life of another human being.

2) If we allow people to choose to end their lives when they think suitable then we are devaluing life to a mere commodity. Once we start down the lines of "if my quality of life is too low I may as well die" then we're on a slippery slope with a terrifying maw waiting at the bottom.

3) There is always a chance that a person may change their mind after stating/confirming the desire to be "terminated" (a hideous word), potentially after they have lost the ability to communicate. A very scary, if unlikely scenario.

4) People may come under pressure to end their lives if they feel they are a financial burden, or they may be persuaded that it would be the "right thing to do" and actually be killed against their wishes, though with their official consent. There have been cases abroad where very sick patients have been informed by the authorities that funding for their medication is not available - however the government would be willing to pay for their assisted suicide. This is horrible.

5) God can still work in the life of a suffering person. There is still an opportunity for salvation, sanctification and possibly healing for the patient.

6) In most cases there are ways of relieving suffering to a large extent.

7) I don't believe that true compassion can be demonstrated by killing a person, regardless of their circumstances. Compassion could be demonstrated by staying alongside and caring for a dying person.

I am not in any way suggesting that coping with a terminal illness is an easy thing to do, nor that those who are considering euthanasia should be branded as evil people. Nor do I believe that God wants us to suffer or causes suffering. I do think, however, that it is not up to us to decide when our lives should end.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Windfarms

Found a group on Facebook called "Put a windfarm in my backyard if you like, because I'm not an idiot." Now, I don't agree with calling people idiots for being concerned about the view from their bungalow, but if one must be concerned about something, I would consider the future of the planet to be a slightly better option.

Here's a quote from the group's description: "It's proven that global warming is happening, the icecaps are melting and sea levels are rising, so why are people opposed to buidling something which (at a very small personal cost) can help to essentially save life as we know it? Then there are arguements that "oh but the blades kill birds!" You know what else kills birds? The complete destruction of their environment because you want to watch coronation street in every room of your house and have the heating on full-blast 365 days a year without the views being slightly altered."

Call me a weirdo, but I actually think wind turbines look cool.

If you want to join the group click here.

If, on the other hand, you hate windfarms and want to see them all destroyed you might enjoy this video...



Monday, 27 July 2009

Top 5 Voices

I was having a conversation with my girlfriend the other day about whose voices we like best across all types of music. It's quite hard trying not to let the songs influence your decision. I think my top 5 was something like this:

1. Eva Cassidy
2. Freddie Mercury
3. Bono
4. James Brown
5. Chali 2Na (Jurrasic 5)

With Elvis Presley and Mac Powell (Third Day) as close runners up.

We did guitarists as well but that'd be far too controversial to publish. Instead, why not vote yourself on the new poll!!!

Friday, 24 July 2009

Fighting the Flab? Don't drink Coke!

My friend Dave is on a diet, and bravely blogging about his progress. Reading his latest post reminded me of a scary statistic I picked up yesterday. I was reading the nutritional information on the side of a bottle of Coca-Cola (as I often like to do) and noticed that the amount of sugar content was 29% of your Recommended Daily Allowance.

That's nearly a third of all the sugar you need for one day consumed in one sitting.

And that's if you only drink half the bottle.

Sneakily, they've printed the information for a 250ml serving. So if you drink the whole bottle, you're imbibing 58% of your RDA of sugar in one go.

If you're a fully grown adult.

10 year-old child? 500ml of Coke? OMGoodness.

Dave makes a good point that responsibility for our health extends far beyond deciding not to smoke or drink excessively. I really need to think about whether my eating habits are God-glorifying...

Smoke Feathers

Saw this band live last month - they are really good. If you're into folky, post-rocky ballads then you should definitely check them out. If not then you still might like them.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Choon!

I bought my sister the Tim Hughes "Happy Day" live album for her birthday. It was #1 in Illuminate's CD chart, and I think it deserves it's place.

I'm just listening to Jesus Saves now in preparation to sing it during worship at our youth event tonight (which, incidentally, is the last one of term and therefor a summer party with cowboys and indians fancy dress! Should be a hoot). Anyway - check out the Jesus Saves song, it's ace.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Moving House Part 5

We finally got on the internet! Yay! Now I can resume my blogging!

This is weird. Having lived in one place for aboot 16 1/2 years (more than 3/4 of my life) it's very strange to have to call somewhere else "home". I heard that moving house was the third most difficult situation to deal with in life. I'm not sure about that, but it certainly is pretty hard.

An Englishman's house is his castle, so I guess it's quite easy to react to the upheaval by building a metaphorical wall, moat and drawbridge around your house and make sure no one can invade. Personal space is very important. I can isolate myself from the new estate quite easily and create my own world with my computer and guitars (or I can now I've got curtains, at least) wherein I will feel safe and secure again.

Or I can make an effort to embrace the new community which I have invaded - say hello to people at the bus stop, smile at passers-by and keep the curtains open so I can see the street, thereby encouraging myself to adopt this place, not just this building, as my home.

Dead chuffed I managed to get "wherein" and "thereby" in the same post.