When machines kill…

Apparently, it’s ok.

Israel is working on a new law to allow machines to kill the old and infirm, so that actual people won’t have to — something that supposedly is against Jewish law.

A special timer will be fitted to a patient’s respirator which will sound an alarm 12 hours before turning it off.

Normally, carers would override the alarm and keep the respirator turned on but, if various stringent conditions are met, including the giving of consent by the patient or legal guardian, the alarm would not be overridden.

Similar timing devices, known as Sabbath clocks, are used in the homes of orthodox Jews so that light switches and electrical devices can be turned on during the Sabbath without offending religious strictures.

I don’t know about you, but it would seem to me that the feller that flips the switch on the timer is, in effect, doing the killing — not the machine. Sort of the 12 hour version of popping a cap in someone, and then blaming the gun.

Fuzzy thinking at best, certainly sophistry. Clearly, we’re honoring the letter of the Law and not it’s spirit — much like putting timers in your house to turn on the lights for you so that you won’t be doing the “work” of turning ‘em on yourself. (Frankly, I don’t think the Lord ever meant turning on a light-switch or driving a car to synagogue was considered “work” but then, I’m just a dumb goyim, what do I know?)

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