Death is preferable to medical torture

The ambiguity of absolute security through claims - the right to health

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"Fear" and "security" are complementary complexes of emotions, which to this day represent not inconsiderable drives, whereby "fear" arises from a collective feeling of powerlessness, which not only increases the death rate after disasters (aftershock effect), but also the functioning of communities (after epidemics / Epidemics) can paralyze. It is based on, inter alia. the "deterrent calculations" of a nuclear, bacteriological and chemical armament. Fear presumably releases greater affective potentials than interest in material and immaterial goods that can become the basis of envy. As “repression heroism”, behaviors of courage and bravery obviously always had an important function in preventing panics. Heroes in art and literature have always been the noble ones, while the common folk "dull weaving" (Hegel) clung to collective fear. The collective feeling of powerlessness can have various causes: natural disasters, nuclear accidents, epidemics, hunger, mass terror and wars (symbolized by the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse A. Dürer's plague, hunger, war and death); the fear stored here sets irrational reactions such as aggressiveness, brutality, occultism, fanaticism, intolerance and others. free.

“All rights that deserve recognition and can endure in the long term arise from the fulfilled duty. We only have the right to live if we fulfill our duty as citizens of the world. ”(Mahatma Gandhi)

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