Grey Thoughts
Slippery Slope - Right to Die
I was talking about this to a friend the other week. If we have a right to die (i.e. kill ourselves), then logically there is no reason to criminalise gladitorial events. Forbes jumps the gun by a few years, but the logic is all there.
So to what end does this all lead? Should we encourage fights to the death? Perhaps. Allowing willing participants to risk life and limb should be accepted if it is the informed decision of all participants. There's a legal principle called volenti non fit injuria—"to a willing person, no injury is done." It holds true for athletes as well. If a person wants to risk death in the pursuit of fame, they should be allowed to do so.
Welcome to the new world.
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