“When we give government the power to make medical decisions for us, we in essence accept that the state owns our bodies.”
In the last 24 Hour Question – Need or Heed Assisted Assistance? We asked Should people have the rights to decide on whether they wish to live or die? Which raised quite a bit of discussion. But another aspect arose from this as well and that forms the basis of today’s question…. Angie of King Ben’s Grandma also raised some interesting viewpoints in connection to this …. in so far as there are many laws about what we have the rights to do with regards our own bodies.
Topics such as prostitution, military service, abortion, suicide, drugs, sexuality, selling body parts and the list goes on that are deemed unnacceptable, illegal, immoral ….
“I believe that deciding upon the time and place of your death is the ultimate expression of self-ownership. It seems clear to me that anyone who professes a belief in personal freedom cannot be opposed to suicide. Freedom to choose how and when we die is a fundamental right.”
Do We Really Own Our Own Body?
Because if we do not even own our own body, then who does legally own us? If for instance we are legally the property of our government is this not yet just another form of slavery? If we only own parts of our body, then which parts of ‘the body’ do we legally own? If our body is not ours, then who truly owns our mind, spirit, soul and life? If upon birth, our parents did not register our birth with the administrations would that mean that we ‘are not owned by anyone except our parents? We are legally under our parents control to a certain age.
Is that too far out a question? Societies elect their governmental bodies to represent us, so if we are not owned by government are we therefore owned by society?
A lot of different questions – but all relevant to the main ‘body’ of the question.
Do we actually own ourselves as in really truly?
Please let me know your view points in the comments section below.
When you become a celebrity, the world owns you and your image.