The papers are full of stuff about the assisted suicide programme to broadcast today on Sky. See here http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/dec/10/assisted-suicide-television for example.
Every time this stuff comes up I'm reminded of a life-changing event. Something that changed the way I look at this island forever, and marked the moment when I lost all fear of speaking my mind at all times and hang the consequence.
People forget very quickly that just a few years ago the Isle of Man was at the centre of such discussions, so go here http://onlinejournal.org/Commentary/092405Hartill/092405hartill.html for a reminder.
This piece was translated and read around the world at the time. It's still my recipe for dealing with apparently overwhelming religious prejudice, and bringing about a sea-change in local attitudes.
Don't get serious. Get happy.
Laugh ignorance off the planet.
3 years ago