From Ambulance Driver.
It isn’t a “line of work” for me. It’s who I am. Don’t want me interfering in your decision to off yourself? Fine. Don’t. Get. Me. Involved.
It’s that simple. My number is 911. Don’t call it, or don’t make spiteful threats that spur other people to call it. Just get on with your business, preferably alone and in private.
Some people are taking offense on a Libertarian level for the instances where AD legally (and I’d say morally) can’t take “No” for an answer.
He’s made similar remarks about giving Jehova’s Witnesses blood transfusions. Its a mortal sin for them to “Consume Blood”, but in many instances not administering blood products means they die right there, which to Kelly (and myself) is also a “Mortal Sin” (quotes because I don’t actually ascribe to Mortal Sin on the religious level, and I never really took the time to talk faith with Kelly when we hang out…we’re generally too busy talking medicine, politics, funny stories, and guns. I do believe there are certain things that would haunt me for the rest of my natural life, such as letting somebody die that I KNEW I could have saved. Hell I’m still haunted by the suicide of a friend who I hadn’t talked to for months before she died. I doubt I could have “Saved her”, but I will always wonder what might have happened if I could have had a hand in her life at that moment in time)
Again, you want to get your full-wookie on, don’t involve others.
This is also why there are so few Libertarians in big cities. You just can’t be a REAL Libertarian in a dense urban environment because privacy and self-sufficiency only exists in the most tenuous sense. If you listen to music when you come home from the bar at 2am, you stand a good chance of waking a neighbor up. When you throw out your trash, you depend on somebody to haul it off for you, when you take a crap it gets flushed into the public sewers. Even in the suburbs, the classic car you’re restoring in your back yard, or how often you paint your house, or mow your lawn impacts the value of the other houses on the street.
I still admire the philosophy, but also I see that it simply cant be unlimited. In the case of the man threatening suicide, he was the proverbial man who decided to swing his arms near AD’s head.
Sorry, bub, you decided to get others involved in your personal choices, its on them too.