The best care on earth cannot prevent us all dying in the end.
Thresholds of pain, indignity and incapacity are entirely personal.
Openness about death has led to greater care about all aspects of dying.
Most people come to fear not death itself, but the many terrible ways of dying.
But the single overwhelming reason why jails are bursting is longer sentences given for more crimes.
Working lives are for the state to influence. Unemployment makes people unhappy. So does instability.
But instead of standing up for reason, our government is handing education over to the world of faith.
This is indeed a clash of civilisations, not between Islam and Christendom but between reason and superstition.
There is all the difference in the world between teaching children about religion and handing them over to be taught by the religious.
People want the right to die at a time of their own choosing. Too many families have watched helplessly as a relative dies slowly, longing for death.