Hello and welcome!
My name is Daniel and I am the administrator of Seeds of Hope.
What is this ‘blog about? Well, in recent times around the world we have seen some dangerous trends and attitudes arise in relation to how human life is mistreated and disrespected. One of these is a growing push for governments, Territorial, State or National, to legalise euthanasia. That’s the deliberate administration by one person – usually but not always a doctor – to another of a poison, usually by a pill or injection, specifically to cause or hasten the second person’s death. The stated aim is always to alleviate suffering, be it actual or perceived.
This ‘blog exists because people with disabilities, like myself, are made ever more vulnerable in a world where euthanasia exists as an option to put an end to life. We, and the people who should ordinarily care for us, are pressured into saying that there are some lives too limited, painful or hopeless to be worth living. We are pressured into saying that people with disabilities are better off dead. The possible consequences of this way of thinking are wide-ranging and ugly indeed. Such attitudes threaten the very existence of people with disabilities.
So this ‘blog, this forum, exists for you and I to proclaim the goodness of people with disabilities’ lives both despite and because of the conditions we live with. We proclaim that the way we lead our lives advances societies, inspires people, increases learning, improves the lot of many around us. So we are the Seeds of Hope. Our posts, and articles you will read here will declare this loud and clear.
However, here you will also be able to record and read of events. decisions, opinions that stifle the call to life in us, and discourage people with disabilities to carry on. I am sure this record will show that it is not because of any perceived “need” that euthanasia laws are introduced and tragically used in many places, but because of a hopelessness that pervades governments, the medical and legal professions today, to name but a few. To this we say, here and now, “NO!” Let us find better ways to understand and deal with suffering. Indeed, let’s acknowledge that most who discuss this topic have as their motive a very real desire to end suffering. We just do not believe this is achieved by ending the life of sufferers.
I hope this ‘blog will also create something of a joyful community amongst us, giving each one the chance to be significant in the lives of others. That will alleviate isolation, loneliness and depression that, if left to intensify, gives those who would promote euthanasia a toe-hold. We would much rather live!