“. . . .Think of the intense, natural interests which urge the extinction of many lives; the money there would be in it; the bribe to domestic treason, selfishness, rapacity; the class of physician it would develop. Think of the gloom and horror which it would cast over old age and sickness; the pressure on minds of those anxious to relieve others of a burden; the voluntary suicide of wronged wives and husbands; the suspicions which would poison hears and eyes; the gossip of survivors; the bitterness, the feuds.
The care of children, of the helpless and the old has been the moral educator of mankind, and has raised it above the beasts. The race can never dispense with this stern instruction nor dismiss its Instructor.” L.M.N.
The New York Times; Feb. 11, 1906, pg. 6)
“Will. . . .the ultimate result of the practice of euthanasia. . . .not be the destruction of all the finer feelings and of all the softer virtues? Perhaps they are useless and ought to disappear? Perhaps humanity has been on a wrong tack altogether for the past nineteen hundred years?
. . . .Though I am still by far on the bright side of forty, and in no danger of being chloroformed, I am old-fashioned enough to see in this bedlam of modern print a rapid tendency toward savagery, down from the unfortunate phrase about the ‘survival of the fittest’ through the labyrinths of Nietzsche’s actual madness. . . .
. . . .I thank God for every new author who gives us an oasis in the desert, or an eddy from the rapids where the blue sky is mirrored, and we may still dream of love, charity, humility, and compassion.”
The New York Times; Feb. 13th, 1906, pg. 6)
(Some Euthanasiatic Thoughts
By John Kendrick Bangs
The New York Times, Feb. 18th, 1906, pg. 3)