If you had die for one thing and one thing only, what would you choose? Your friends? Your parents? Your children? Your country? How do we, as a logical society, decide how someone should give up their life?
In Western culture, we believe in the preservation and the presentation
of youth. A parent should die for their child; but a child should never
give up their life for a parent because it turns the evolution of
forward human progress on its head — except, of course, when it comes
to war — then any child is appropriate fodder for the nationalist
cannon on foreign soil.
The Incas first fatted their virginal young before dumping them into a volcano to pleased the Gods in service of the
The Inuit routinely practiced Senilicide and Invalidcide to rid the tribe of the sick and the old in order to protect the societal core and to preserve provisions.
Which society has it right? Should the young die to protect the established? Or should the elderly get out of the way to make room for their replacements?