It's partly a reply to Giles Fraser, in The Guardian, arguing against euthanasia. A sample:
Life has no intrinsic value. It is, instead, valued intrinsically. This is not a pedantic point. Intrinsic value suggests something 'in' life; some given worth, which transcends valuers. It is a particularly Christian idea, which has no basis in fact. There is no divinely given soul, with divinely given worth. We value life. At best, we do so for its own sake: life as an end, not a means.
But when we do not value life, because we have lost, for good, any moments of joy or simple contentment, it has no intrinsic value. It is not a life with pain, confusion, stench and helplessness - it is these things. Life becomes detestable. "My problem," writes Fraser, "with euthanasia is not that it is a immoral way to die, but that it has its roots in a fearful way to live." I can only reply that, for the dying or gravely ill, this fear seems well-founded and irreversible.(Photo: news.com.au)