Perhaps it is unfair to pick on England. But it so happens that when I began to think recently of the most appalling statements I can remember that have been made about the elderly and the disabled, I thought immediately of statements made by Englishmen. There is Martin Amis, advocating suicide booths for the elderly on every corner, Baroness Warnock telling us that those with dementia have a duty to die, and most recently Virginia Smother-your-child-with-a-pillow Ironside.
And just as it may be coincidence that all of these horrific statements about the death of those who are a "burden" and "unwanted" come from the UK (I'm sure equally bad things have been said by Americans), it may also be coincidence that the country song I just heard tonight is an American product. In which case, I suppose it is unfair of me to point that out.
But on either side of the Atlantic, the answer, and the only answer, to the culture of death is love. There's a lot of that in this song.
"Ellsworth," sung here by Gospel singer Jason Crabb. Lyrics here.
As a bonus, a very beautiful country song about dying, sung by Gordon Mote.
"Wake Up Dancin'"