"Mistrust those in whom the urge to punish is strong." Friedrich Nietzche

"Any and all non-violent, non-coercive, non-larcenous, consensual adult behavior that does not physically harm other people or their property or directly and immediately endangers same, that does not disturb the peace or create a public nuisance, and that is done in private, especially on private property, is the inalienable right of all adults. In a truly free and liberty-loving society, ruled by a secular government, no laws should be passed to prohibit such behavior. Any laws now existing that are contrary to the above definition of inalienable rights are violations of the rights of adults and should be made null and void." D. M. Mitchell (from The Myth of Inalienable Rights, at: http://dowehaverights.blogspot.com/)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Jacintha Saldanha

Jacintha Saldanha is the nurse that took a prank call from two radio dj's in Australia--pretending to be the Queen of England and her husband Prince Phillip. Jacintha passed the call along to the actual nurse on duty in charge of looking after the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton.

It was a silly prank, as these types of radio pranks go but, to the best of my knowledge, no state secrets were released, no information vital to the health and safety of the Duchess given out, nothing more than the fact that the Duchess hadn't had any more "retching," and was resting quietly. Okay. No big deal.

But then, Jacintha supposedly killed herself, committed suicide because she was . . . what? Embarrassed that she had been fooled? Would that set of circumstances call for a person to kill herself? I think not.

Of course, perhaps Jacintha had some serious emotional problems that we don't know about and this was the last straw, so to speak, which broke the back of her mental stability and so she decided to kill herself. Sound good to you? Could that be a possibility? I guess so.

Another alternative occurred to me. I'm not sure, but if Jacintha was Muslim and married to a Muslim man, was the honor of the family besmirched because of her very small mistake? Nah, that couldn't be it. Still, family honor is a very big thing with Muslims. It would be a shame if . . . she . . . killed herself for that reason.

Whatever the facts are behind the death of Jacintha, I hardly think that the two dj's are to blame. What they did was silly, but it wasn't deadly. There was no good reason why Jacintha Saldanha should have killed herself.

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