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It’s Part of LIFE

Do you know JACK?

Love em’ or hate em’ but I recently watched a HBO documentary on this cat that was really interesting. His individual take on the moment of D E A T H [or life] struck me. Your mileage may vary…

 

 

“You don’t know where you came from,
you don’t know where you are,

you don’t know where you are going when you die,

P  E  R  I  O  D

Religion ain’t going to explain it…

Science ain’t going to explain it…

That’s all there is to it – and you have to accept that fact.

If you do, then DEATH looses its terror!

It’s part of

LIFE.”

~Dr. Jack Kevorkian

(DEATH Counselor)

*Jack Kevorkian was a physician, social activist, artist, author, amateur composer, and musician. He gained worldwide recognition for his actions as the pioneer for physician-assisted suicide.

Dr. Kevorkian was born in Pontiac, Michigan, on May 26, 1928, to Armenian immigrants. His father, a self-educated excavating contractor, and his mother were survivors of the Armenian Genocide. Tales of genocidal horrors inflicted on family members became part of the Kevorkian heritage, and Dr. Kevorkian was influenced by this dark legacy. He was the second of three children: his older sister, Margaret, is deceased; his younger sister, Flora, lives in Germany.

Dr. Kevorkian referred to his paintings as social, political, and medical commentaries that should provoke thought and discussion on aspects of life that may be disagreeable but are universal. “It is not art for art’s sake, so do not criticize me for the art,” says Dr. Kevorkian. “The paintings are often political commentaries. I use bright colors to get people’s attention and to try to make them think.” Several of his paintings represent the medical conditions of human suffering—fever, paralysis, and coma—that he has witnessed.

An amateur musician and composer, Dr. Kevorkian played the flute, organ, piano, and harpsichord. His personal idol has always been Johann Sebastian Bach, whose music Dr. Kevorkian considers the perfect expression of the divine possibilities within us. Dr. Kevorkian’s own musical compositions are strongly influenced by Bach, and his 1999 paintings are celebrations of Bach’s music.

A brilliant, complex, multi-talented figure in Armenian-American history, Dr. Jack Kevorkian is, in his own way, “The Renaissance Man.”

 

*excerpt from Fordham Law.

 


 

4 responses

  1. Jack was very brave and generous. I always liked him. Thanks for posting Matt!

    July 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm

  2. Alberto Martin

    Dr. Kevorkian was obviousy a hard-driven man – a man with a mission. I read a few years ago that when asked what he would do when facing his own approaching death, he answered that he would simply stop eating (I am not sure about drinking). In other words, he was not prepared to take his own medicine, or recipe: assisted (or un-assisted) suicide.

    Was Dr. Kevorkian a wise man? Was he compassionate? Or was he obsessed with death and the fear of suffering? Stubborn he certainly was, convinced that he was right in the face of most everyone else; society, the law, even the views of the vast majority of his colleagues, who were, and still are against the practice of active euthanasia.

    July 8, 2011 at 9:34 am

    • re: “In other words, he was not prepared to take his own medicine, or recipe: assisted (or un-assisted) suicide.”

      not to start up a debate here, but he only assisted individuals with legitimate/unbearable PAIN who were suffering with no chance
      of a “normal” life at all…not just anyone who wanted to “off themselves”. And Jack was not suffering like this nor in this same
      position when he passed last month (R.I.P.)

      the documentary is highly recommended to get the “full picture” of Jack and or his life story. otherwise I think the majority of the population
      (including myself) have/had a distorted view of all things KEVORKIAN due to the slanted media and or sensationalism that ensued.

      One thing was for sure – and you hit that nail on the head….. Jack was definitely obsessed with death!

      July 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm

  3. Dr. Kevorkian (the inventor of two death machines he named ‘thanatron’ and ‘mercitron’) may not have been necessarily a case of a personality disorder known as ‘narcissistic p.d.’, although he exhibited more than one trait consistent with that diagnosis (such as grandiosity, provocation, being a/the center of attention and relishing it, attaking all opposing views and personalities, etc.). If it were only stubbornness, this can be a positive quality, most will agree. Did he accomplish some good? The law of compensation tells us that there is always some positive result after a wrong or negative happening (error, accident, disease, insult, etc.) has occurred. The case in point has to be seen as a whole, in the short and long range, and not as an emotional issue, which is almost impossible.

    Dr. K. called doctors critical of him ‘cowards’ and ‘hypocritical oafs’. In turn, the AMA considered him a “reckless instrument of death, who posed ‘a threat to the public’.

    Apart from his overarching mission, to help make assisted suicide by doctors a legal procedure, he apparently had two other missions: ‘to convince Americans that their rights are being infringed upon by bans on everything from smoking to assisted suicide’, and to warn mankind of “impending doom” as a result of the culture of overabundance. He may have been right on that one.

    July 9, 2011 at 6:41 am

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