Sarco goes to Geneva

On 15 September 2022, Sarco will open as part of the Open End 2 Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland.

Held at the Cimetiere des Rois (cemetary of the kings, established in 1482 for those who died from the plague), Open End 2 seeks to provoke discussion about 'the flaws of human nature, between avarice and anxiety about finitude, sometimes opening up new sustainable horizons, progress is also the field of all possibilities'.

The theme of Open End 2 concerns the confrontation between energy-intensive technologies and the collapse of resources, and chooses the dual theme of immortality and the environment.

At the heart of the race towards modernity, contradictory movements collide. Huge investments are feeding the new ultra-technological sectors, capable of both the best and the worst.

It is clear why Sarco - with its futuristic, forward-looking aesthetic and its implicit challenge to the medical status quo - has been invited for exhibition.

The opening (vernissage) will be held at 18.00 CET, Thursday 15 September 2022 in the presence of the authorities of the City of Geneva. Exit supporters who happen to be in Geneva are warmly invited.

The exhibition opens to the public on Friday 16 September and will run until 31 January 2023.

Further details (in French) at OpenEnd2

Canadian Progress Attracts Backlash

This week the voluntary euthanasia/ assisted dying world has been taken up by a prominent article by Associated Press which draws attention the ability of people with depression or a physical disability to get help to die in that country.

Associated Press claims that this leniency makes Canada the most permissive country in the world where it comes to assisted dying.

At Exit we think this claim is a more than a little overblown given the long history of liberal action in the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland to name a few other places.

What the Canada experience displays quite blatantly, is what some have referred to as the deep-rooted, Anglo-Saxon/Celtic angst when it comes to matters of assisted suicide.

In some countries (eg. Canada), it is almost impossible to discuss end of life matters without pangs of guilt and moral hand-wringing coming to the fore.

While the church has much to do with this moral panic, something else is also at play.

Stopping short of deifying the Dutch, this country does have a unique ability to deal with death in a highly pragmatic and practical way.

There is scant room for the forcing of one's ethical framework onto another. This is an important point.

Almost everyone in Holland knows someone who has had euthanasia, regardless of the reason (unbearable suffering has many faces). This 'knowing' is felt as an indication of modernity, of being open-minded enough to accept the decisions of others.

In Holland, the church is one voice amongst many whose a point of view is allowed to be spoken but which is pushed back against; preserving the valuable liberal tradition of my life and my choice.

Bear these thoughts in mind when reading the AP report and decide for oneself if the moral panic that this article reflects is helpful.

Read 'Experts troubled by Canada's euthansia's laws' on the Exit Website


German Court Overturns Homocide Conviction

of Wife who Helped Husband to Die

Ever since the German Constitutional Court ruled that 'Every person has a right to self-determined dying – and that includes the freedom to take one’s own life and to resort to the voluntary help of third parties', the German Parliament has been grappling with ways to legislate this right into German law.

This has left the way for assisted suicide to be lawful, even when it does not involve the sanction of the medical profession.

Following Switzerland's lead, Germany has adopted a rights-based model which prioritises the rights of the individual to control the 'personality' of their being.

This means that family members can help each other to die. The suicide assistance does not depend on degree of illness.

What makes this case newsworthy is that the wife (a retired RN) actively administered the insulin to her husband (at his request) (as opposed to handing him the drugs). The husband also overdosed on prescription medication as a 'back up'.

She also did not call an ambulance (as he again had requested her not to do).

He died during the night.

Read the full article from Weiler Zeitung (in English) on the Exit Website.

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