Everything depends on us…otherwise…?


Writing on euthanasia, a subject apparently unconnected to accreditation, Theodore Dalrymple gets to the heart of the issue.  And many others.

As is often the way, the passion with which an issue is debated conceals something deeper at stake. In the absence of religious belief, of any assurance that life has a transcendent meaning beyond itself, man feels the need to be in control of everything. Control and power become the meaning of life. That is one of the reasons that paranoia—the feeling that everything that happens must be somebody’s fault, the search for someone to blame—does not decline with the supposed advance of reason. We want to feel that everything, good or bad, depends on us.

This is a key reason why the command and control bureaucracy that accreditation brings is so widely accepted.

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