Sunday, 11 June 2017
Attitudes To Death
no Internet connection this morning;
a long and exciting day in Manchester;
finally blogging quite late in the evening.
Dominic Flandry contemplates personified Death:
"...we're holding our own against the Old Man...Why not? What's his hurry? He's hauled in Kossara and young Dominic and Hans and - how many more? I can be left to wait his convenience."
-Poul Anderson, A Stone In Heaven IN Anderson, Flandry's Legacy (Riverdale, NY, 2012), Chapter III, p. 31.
An interesting example of how secularists continue to personify.
One of the most basic civilized values is respect for each man's attitude to his own death. If a Hospice patient's documentation identifies him as Catholic, then he must be asked whether he wants to see a priest for last rites. It is his prerogative whether he responds, "Yes, please," or "No, thank you." SM Stirling's Father Ignatius, a warrior Benedictine, mortally wounds a man in single combat, then offers him absolution which the man accepts to the visible annoyance of his comrades in the Sword of the Prophet. Their attitude is inappropriate. A dying man's own choice is paramount.
One of the vilest superstitions invented by mankind is the belief in Heaven for us and damnation for our enemies. A major in the Sword makes this arrogant prediction to Rudi Mackenzie. But Stirling imagines something even worse. His Count Ignatieff expects to spend eternity in Hell - as one of the Torturers!
Lord, deliver us from such delusions.