*Admit it. Your first thought was probably some people are crazy as hell. I’m not being totally transparent because “some people” wasn’t my actual thought. But hey, who am I? On with the story.
Sarco, a machine that allows people to kill themselves with the press of a button drew quite a crowd at the funeral show in Amsterdam last April. I can only hope it was just because people were curious to see how something like this works…just for curiosity sake.
I’m still grappling with the fact that Funeral Shows happen. Are they a thing? I really don’t know. But we’re talking about Amsterdam; where they are a thing.
But Sarco, short for the sarcophagus, the 3D-printed machine invented by Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke and Dutch designer Alexander Bannink, is controversial — even in Amsterdam. The machine comes with a detachable coffin, mounted on a stand that contains a nitrogen canister.
Nitschke, who was dubbed “Dr. Death” due to his efforts to legalize euthanasia, speaks about it as if it just another gadget.
“The person who wants to die presses the button and the capsule is filled with nitrogen. He or she will feel a bit dizzy but will then rapidly lose consciousness and die,” Nitschke explained to the Associated Foreign Press.
“The Sarco,” he continues, “is a device to provide people with a death when they wish to die.”
With the growing rate of teen suicides today, all I can say is I pray this machine doesn’t make it to America. Continue reading