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  1. Warm thanks to Stephen G. Post for his thoughtful statement. It is a sad comment on our age culture that he and I (and others) feel it necessary to argue so hard for something enshrined in the Fifth Commandment.

    I offer two brief additions. I have recently seen a fiction film that depicts the (alleged) Japanese rural “custom” of killing people at the age of 70. The Ballad of Nurayama (1958) demonstrates how religion might inculcate in the morituri–even, as in this case, a loving, healthy, and highly productive woman who is the matriarch of her family–the active desire to be carried up a mountain by her reluctant son and left to die. Japanese in 1958 knew real scarcity first-hand, while in our time the economy of scarcity is created by the 1%, while the discourse that attaches the blame to old people (rather than say, the NSA) is politically motivated.

    On a happier note: Since I wrote “Euthanasia as a Caregiving Fantasy” in 2013, a Canadian film appeared that answers our call for artists to address the humanity of those who are becoming “deeply forgetful” and to admire the care-givers who are deeply loving. The film, written and directed by Michael McGowan, is called “Still Mine. ” My essay-review about it, “Passion is Contagious,” appears on two blogs on Silver Century. http://www.silvercentury.org/polBlogs.cfm?doctype_code=Blog&doc_id=828

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