A FURTHER CASE FOR EUTHANASIA

Notwithstanding the Christian communities beliefs against euthanasia, I believe it is societies
prerogative to responsibly practice termination of the physical body when brain capacity ceases to
function, especially in cases of pre-determine decisions on the part of an individual, set forth in living
wills, inclusive of advanced Alzheimer’s, and other advanced cases of brain deterioration.  

Our world along with the rest of the age of evolution is based on a continuous progression for mortals
from birth to death—but the revelation defines death as more than just the death of the physical body,
something that in the case of spiritual death means far more to Christians than just simply dying; it
means ones life failed to justify an existence in the afterlife, that the chance for life eternal is taken
away.
And, this termination of resurrection capacity is inherent in soul death (spiritual death) which can only
be determined by divine personalities, usually the Ancients of Days (discussed on page 4 & 5 of this
report); and while this type of death is discussed in the Urantia book, the culture at this time is hardly
able to accept, let alone act upon  the information—this from both conservative and liberal points of
view; so we will briefly discuss it as it impinges on human life all the while aware that we are upsetting
the apple cart. While Dr. Sadler was an advocate of euthanasia, and at one time it even became fairly
commonplace in some areas of the country, the great majority seem to object to the philosophic
premise that mankind should be able to accelerate the death of anyone including die-hard criminals,
but as the revelation clearly points out, some living people are already dead. To many moral beings it
is an act of morality to fulfill the wishes of mentally disabled individuals who have requested in their
wills to be put to sleep if it is determined that when they can no longer function intellectually they would
desire the mercy of immediate termination of their anguished mental condition.  

If one has not visited mental institutions or personally experienced life in close proximity to relatives or
close friends who have seriously deteriorated intellectually it may be difficult to reconcile allowing that
person to include in their living wills euthanasia, especially since it is against the law in most states
with Oregon being the only exception of which I am aware. However, while many of these poor souls
appear on the surface quite different from the disheveled  zombies portrayed in horror films, they are
nevertheless waking, living zombies that literally cannot remember what happened in their lives five
minutes prior to the present. They can’t remember even a portion of conversation that existed two
minutes before being asked about the conversation, and often fail to recognize any members of their
immediate family. This mental deterioration we are informed in the revelation necessitates the
withdrawal of the Thought Adjuster leaving the Adjuster abandoned individual in a state of living, but
minus the chance to augment soul growth while here in earth, since there is no longer a spiritual
counter-part resident within the human mind. This in no way impedes ones ability to progress into the
after-life and doesn’t disturb advancement through eternity. The Thought Adjuster is conditionally
pulled creating an abandonment of its personality host due to the incapacitating deterioration of
mental abilities, or total spiritual degeneration and/or the absolute and prolonged denial (rejection) of
the existence of God. Why would God waste his resources on anyone who over time refuses to benefit
from those resources, namely the Thought Adjuster or the acquired mind set of the individual himself—
those already pronounced as the living dead?

This attitude of spiritual indifference apart from certain religious conditionings may be reflected in the
statement of a man whose elderly mother was severely brain injured in an accident, and when her son
was asked after she was determined to be brain dead and in a vegetative state far beyond repair if he
wanted to terminate life support, with the options being life support (or pulling the plug {euthanasia}),
he responded—“keep her on life support because while she might be a vegetable she is after all my
little vegetable”. This was not only a callous response but entirely against the mother’s wishes when
she made the decision not to be placed on any life support system years prior to the accident, but he
never told anyone of her living will, already in effect, which would have prevented the life support
system.

While euthanasia extends beyond the scope of what one might submit in a living will, let the reader
focus on at least this one aspect of euthanasia for the time being, and that would be a legal living will.
The revelation makes it clear that a person devoid of normal mental capacity is not human—“the body
minus the volitional mind is no longer human”,  (Pg. 1230-2). I think it is fair also to conclude that a
child in the womb that is minus a brain and about to be born will be minus a volitional mind and
therefore according to our definition not human. What then is the sense of bringing the new-born into
the world if it is mentally dead on arrival?

The soul of an individual is the only lasting reality of the human entity, all else is terminated at the
death of the physical apparatus or in some cases actually prior to physical death as we shall see in
the section on the Phenomenon of Death; and all of this in one way or another relates to ones spiritual
destiny.
If one has not read the Urantia book his concept of the human soul may vary considerably from
another’s point of view; all is basically conjecture until the more definitive explanation appeared in the
revelation which, of course, had to come from a non-human source to have any content validity since
the soul is of a morontial substance (a substance between the material and spiritual, which cannot be
discerned by humans).

THE SOUL
“May his soul rest in peace”, “May God have mercy on his soul”, “bless his soul”, “oh that poor soul”;
this is generally all we hear about the human soul, with no one knowing what it really is. What is the
soul, other than it survives mortal death and is carried into the after-life? A description of the soul was
first written in a small pamphlet titled “The Evolutional of the Soul” and circulated among Urantia book
readers by Dr. William Sadler who presented it to the Urantia Forum sometime when the messages
were coming into Chicago. No one at the time could actually define what the soul was except that it
seemed to be a counterpart to the physical human body that somehow survived the inevitability of
mortal death and lived according to Christian scripture into eternity; and since it could not be seen it
was presumed to be of a spiritual nature. Not even the Apostles had a clear idea of what constituted
the human soul.

My Aunt, a typical scripture fundamentalist, had a favorite expression common among Southern
Christians—“Well bless your soul”, never understanding what comprised the soul, the origin of the
soul, or the ultimate destiny of the soul which after a while became her most common cliché as it is
with many older people throughout the South—although it does seem to be working its way out of the
common Southern vernacular.

In the foreword of the Urantia revelation, we gain an insight as to definitions partially understood by
Christians at large, but what is especially significant and generally not known is the fact that the soul is
not something bestowed upon us at birth, but rather as an “experiential acquirement”, something that
arrives a little later in life. As presented in the Urantia revelation, the Soul of man is an acquirement
made upon ones first moral decision in life. “As a mortal creature chooses to ‘do the will of the Father
in heaven,’ so the indwelling spirit becomes the father of a new reality in human experience. The
mortal and material mind is the mother of the same emerging reality. The substance of this new reality
is neither material nor spiritual—it is morontial. This is the emerging and immortal soul which is
destined to survive mortal death and begin the Paradise ascension.”(Pg. 8)

Without revelatory disclosure the origin and nature of the soul would always remain a mystery. The
newly formed entity begins its evolution at the exact time that a normal minded child makes its first
moral decision, which at the time of the reception of the Urantia papers was at the approximate age of
5-1/2   years. Immediately a Thought Adjuster, a fragment of God appears extant within the mortal
mind of the child and a new entity appears to begin its exploratory growth in the moral arenas of life,
and continues to grow as long as the individual continues to choose righteousness over purely self-
serving choices of behavior. As this initial acquirement of choice begins to develop, a strong character
is forged and is augmented continually by the choosing of the desire to do good to others; this in turn
eventually contributes to a  pattern of behavior that slowly activates the new found moral entity that
continues to grow within us. For those who are not reading the Urantia book, the Thought Adjuster is
actually a fragment of God Himself that indwells the mind of a God seeking mortal, and this fragment
has its origin in the personality of the Deity that created it all—the first source and center of all reality.
It is only the personality of this Deity that we call God. Apart from God the Father in all his glorious
attributes, the rest of the Deity we are told is incomprehensible to mankind. Physicists and
philosophers will never know, for example, in what manner Deity bestows energy or designates how to
balance the energy/matter through His universe, or for that matter how He controls the Spiritual
energies that course the universe. As mortals, our focus must be on concerning ourselves with
seeking to understand the Father and trying to emulate Him; and this we are told is an eternal
process.  

[OUR CONCERN IN THIS DISCOURSE IS TO DEVELOP AN UNDERSTANDING AS TO THE
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE MATERIAL MORTAL BODY-- THE PHYSICAL NATURE OF MAN TO THE
MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL NATURE OF MAN. WE MUST HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE
RELATIONSHIP OF THE MENTAL, PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL PROPERTIES OF THE HUMAN ENTITY
BEFORE WE DISCUSS ANY NON-EMOTIVE NEED FOR EUTHANASIA.]

About the soul, we are further informed that: “The material self, the ego-entity of human identity, is
dependent during the physical life on the continuing function of the material life vehicle, on the
continued existence of the unbalanced equilibrium of energies and intellect which, on Urantia, has
been given the name life. But selfhood of survival value, selfhood that can transcend the experience
of death, is only evolved by personality from the transient life vehicle—the material body—to the more
enduring and immortal nature of the morontia soul and on beyond to those levels where the soul
becomes infused with, and eventually attains the status of, spirit reality. This actual transfer from
material association to morontia identification is effected by the sincerity, persistence, and
steadfastness of the God-seeking decisions of the human creature.” (Pg. 1229-7)

Before we move on to an explanation of the types of death perhaps we should briefly delve into a few
pertinent relationships of selfhood, personality, spirit and mind; albeit, while the revelation has far
more to convey about such relationships of mind to spirit and to the realm of physical energy as it
relates to the material body—we   will mention only a couple of paragraphs—to immerse the report
into further detail of these human and super-human attributes would be somewhat redundant since it
would be consuming far too much space, as the revelation presents voluminous material of these
relationships.  
“The possession of personality identifies man as a spiritual being since the unity of selfhood and the
self-consciousness of personality are endowments of the supermaterial world. The very fact that a
mortal materialist can deny the existence of supermaterial realities in and of itself demonstrates the
presence, and indicates the working, of spirit synthesis and cosmic consciousness in his human mind.”

“There exists a great cosmic gulf between matter and thought, and this gulf is immeasurably greater
between material mind and spiritual love. Consciousness, much less self-consciousness, cannot be
explained by any theory of mechanistic electronic association or materialistic energy phenomena.”
(Pg. 1228)

There is considerably more material that could add to our understanding of those domains we know
so little about—spirit and mind; however it would be futile here to attempt satisfactory explanations due
to space constraints, therefore we will move on to the three kinds of death that are recognized
throughout the universe regarding human life, and let each person evaluate for themselves the actual
importance spiritual super-beings place on our physical death as it is related to both spiritual and
mental energies when they also cease to exist.

THE PHENOMENON OF DEATH (Pg. 1229-1230)
“Urantians generally recognize only one kind of death, the physical cessation of life energies; but
concerning personality survival there are really three kinds:

1.        Spiritual (soul) death.  If and when mortal man has finally rejected survival, when he has been
pronounced spiritually insolvent, morontially bankrupt in the conjoint opinion of the Adjuster and the
surviving seraphim, when such co-ordinate advice has been recorded on Uversa, and after the
Censors and their reflective associates have verified these findings, thereupon do the rulers of
Orvonton order the immediate release of the indwelling Monitor. But this release of the Adjuster in no
way affects the duties of the personal or group seraphim concerned with that Adjuster-abandoned
individual. This kind of death is final in its significance irrespective of the temporary continuation of the
living energies of the physical and mind mechanisms. From the cosmic standpoint the mortal is
already dead; the continuing life merely indicates the persistence of the material momentum of cosmic
energies.

2.        Intellectual (mind) death.  When the vital circuits of higher adjutant ministry are disrupted
through the aberrations of intellect or because of the partial destruction of the mechanism of the
brain, and if these conditions pass a certain critical point of irreparability, the indwelling Adjuster is
immediately released to depart for Divinington. On the universe records a mortal personality is
considered to have met with death whenever the essential mind circuits of human will-action have
been destroyed. And again, this is death, irrespective of the continuing function of the living
mechanism of the physical body. The body minus the volitional mind is no longer human, but
according to the prior choosing of the human will, the soul of such an individual may survive.

3.        Physical (body and mind) death. When death overtakes a human being, the             
Adjuster remains in the citadel of the mind until it ceases to function as an   intelligent mechanism,
about the time that measurable brain energies cease their rhythmic vital pulsations. Following this
dissolution the Adjuster takes leave of the vanishing mind, just as unceremoniously as entry was made
years before, and proceeds to Divinington by way of Uversa.”

“After death the material body returns to the elemental world from which it was derived, but two
nonmaterial factors of surviving personality persist: The pre-existent Thought Adjuster, with the
memory transcription of the mortal career, proceeds to Divinington; and there also remains, in the
custody of the destiny guardian, the immortal morontia soul of the deceased human…” (Pg. 1230-3)

Why do we persist in keeping people around when clearly they are perchance already dead spiritually
or mentally, especially when they have signed papers (a living will) requesting termination of their
body, when it has been determined that their mind circuits have been destroyed? The simple minded
reasoning proffered by most Christians is that we are under such circumstances playing the part of
God. This “pass the buck” philosophy of placing a miscreant in a cage for the rest of his life and then
passing him on to God for judgment comes from some arcane religious indoctrination which obviously
didn’t exist at the time of the Colonial witch trials. But perhaps that little mistake somehow worked its
way into the human psyche telling us to be more careful about whom we might erroneously put to
death.  But as we will soon learn, this life is only significant in so far as we make it to the next. Once
the monitor is removed from the mind an individual is considered to be dead even though one might
still be alive physically—the walking dead.

“Upon death the Thought Adjuster temporarily loses personality, but not identity; the human subject
temporarily loses identity, but not personality; on the mansion worlds both reunite in eternal
manifestation. Never does a departed Thought Adjuster return to earth as the being of former
indwelling; never is the personality manifested without the human will; and never does a dis-
Adjustered human being after death manifest active identity or in any manner establish communication
with the living beings of earth. Such dis-Adjustered souls are wholly and absolutely unconscious
during the long or short sleep of death. There can be no exhibition of any sort of personality or ability
to engage in communications with other personalities until after completion of survival. Those who go
to the mansion worlds are not permitted to send messages back to their loved ones. It is the policy
throughout the universes to forbid such communication during the period of a current dispensation.”
(Pg. 1230-5)

If we genuinely subscribe to these concepts of mind and spiritual death wherein all spiritual reality is
withdrawn from a living person due to degenerative problems of the mind circuits, but not lost to
eternity, why then shouldn’t one be able to commit his soul to eternity by entering the transit sleep to
the next set of worlds, and expect  the blessings of society? Who, under these circumstances, would
want to spend the rest of their lives living an existence as a non-human, as disclosed in our
revelation? God has already pulled his fragment from the human entity; why then should we sustain
that entity if indeed the individual has chosen to go on to the next life. Euthanasia is not the evil
Christians have portrayed it to be; accordingly, we are the evil ones who insist that human vegetables
maintain their status of vegetation for years to come due to an uncertain fear that we might be playing
God by putting someone to sleep even though they want to be put to sleep.

My daughter is an expert on zombies, never having missed a good zombie movie, she can tell you that
we shoot zombies or they will devour us. But zombies in today’s society we just allow to walk among us
since they are no threat to anyone and do little harm. Once in a while one will wander off and forget
how to get home—such is the plight of those severely ridden with Alzheimer’s disease—today’s zombie.
Zombies are real—not the Hollywood kind that have to be shot at close range with a 12 gauge to blow
their heads off, and if that fails a Howitzer to blow a giant whole in the creature taking out most of his
backbone and leaving a gaping hole big enough to drive a Prius through. Real zombies don’t go
berserk, walking about with a peculiar gait dragging one leg along at a clip almost as fast as the
intended victim being pursued, all the while drooling and making guttural sounds with the usual zombie
accompanying musical score set to drive the audience into a frenzy.

Sounds good, but has no bearing to the peculiarly animated zombies of the real world; a living,
ambulatory creature usually in his 80’s or 90’s, non-threatening and capable of partially making
through the day without some sphincter mishap wiping our the entire house and necessitating one of
those extra-large adult diaper changes by an attending nurses aide or family member. Today’s zombie
has merely lost his mind, usually limited to memory but also to frequent bowel and urinary control.

I have yet to hear of one who wants to eat little children or family members or one that salivates when
he smells blood and can’t wait to tear into a fellow human like I do on a marinated chateau-briand
steak smothered with sautéed mushrooms and onions. By and large the real zombie fails to scare
anyone, unless it’s his family trying to find the whereabouts of a run-away who has disappeared on the
streets and unable to find his way home. Such is the plight of those experiencing a form of senile
dementia. They live in an unreal world and can’t get back into the reality of life. Frequently they can
carry on a conversation but moments later can’t remember any of it. Consequently they are unable to
learn from an experience since it requires memory yet they have no memory, except sometimes
distant memories of the past. But worst of all they often become child-like and require a bib when
eating due to a propensity to spill about 50% of every meal down the front of them where it ends up in
their lap or on the floor. But don’t laugh it could be any one of us in the coming years.  I don’t know
about you but under these circumstances I would rather be euthanized. I personally have no desire to
become someone’s little vegetable crapping all over the house in my diaper, and spilling my meals all
over my wheel-chair and especially not knowing if my flatulence is bothering anyone, cause it certainly
wouldn’t be disturbing me. For God’s sake put me to sleep and stop worrying if God is going to punish
someone for stepping on His toes.

Let’s let the zombies rest in peace; let it be their choice to go on. Both my father and mother in law
were to meet this fate of total forgetfulness and spent several years in a Alzheimer’s ward not even
recognizing their own families before dying peacefully in their sleep, totally oblivious to the world
around them, and at a cost of over thirty six thousand dollars a year for institutional care. This kind of
financial burden on many families can put them permanently in the poor house because they chose to
follow the social mores of a particular culture. My father was several times placed on life support even
though he had a living will prohibiting life support. Of course he could never remember being placed
on life support, but I didn’t find out until after his demise. The nursing home collected another $12,000
by prolonging his life.   There is a definite spiritual need for “so called” mercy killing!
                                      
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Our revelation we are told is about 50 to 100 years ahead of its time; the last 58 years has been more
or less to establish a readership capable of spreading the word to a new generation more capable of
understanding and living the revelation. Certainly they will become less secular in their daily routines
and more able to comprehend the spiritual side of life, as it is the spiritual domain that ultimately
dominates our existence as stated below. Let’s hope the next generations get it right.

“The purpose of cosmic evolution is to achieve unity of personality through increasing spirit
dominance, volitional response to the teaching and leading of the Thought Adjuster. Personality, both
human and superhuman, is characterized by an inherent cosmic quality which may be called “the
evolution of dominance,” the expansion of the control of both itself and its environment.” (Pg. 1229-2)

SPIRIT DOMINANCE (Pg. 1275-1, 2, 3)
“The goal of the evolutionary universes is the subjugation of energy-matter by mind, the co-ordination
of mind with spirit, and all of this by virtue of the creative and unifying presence of personality. Thus in
relation to personality, do physical systems become subordinate; mind systems, co-ordinate; and spirit
systems, directive.”

“This union of power and personality is expressive on deity levels in and as the Supreme. But actual
evolution of spirit dominance is a growth which is predicated on the freewill acts of the Creators and
creatures of the grand universe.”

“On absolute levels, energy and spirit are one. But the moment departure is made from such absolute
levels, difference appears, and as energy and spirit move spaceward from Paradise, the gulf between
them widens until in the local universes they have become quite divergent. They are no longer
identical, neither are they alike, and mind must intervene to interrelate them.”

This report is in keeping with our discussions on topical subjects that warrant personal understandings
of controversial philosophies within our world cultures.

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