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29 July 2008 @ 08:00 am
Theatrical Muse: Week 241: Question 241  
Name: Dr. Sid Hammerback

Fandom: CSI: New York

Word Count: 854

What principles are sacrosanct in your opinion?

I am a Medical Examiner, I work through the ramifications of death on a daily basis, so I constantly see where and how others have violated the sanctity of human life. While I do not support putting criminals to death, nor do I actually agree with the concept of murder as an always correct answer to certain problems, I know that it is a reality in our world. I know and agree that sometimes murder is justified, but rarely is it truly so, as in acts of self defence or prevention, and even then, it is still murder, it is still an act of the giving of death to someone else. What is just as real is the fact there needs to be people on the other end to take the bodies in and investigate the mysteries they themselves can no longer explain, and thus, here I am.

Life is not fair, people die, people are injured, they are killed unfairly and without just reason or they may wither away because science has not yet come up with an answer, but either way the principle of continued life is sacrosanct. It is sacred and it should not be violated, because it is purely, utterly brilliant. Without life, we would not be living, nor would we be aware or intelligent or anything at all. We would be, nothing, and even if we still existed, in some form, for some reason, we would be no more than rocks, unaware, unmoving, unfeeling, unloved and alone. It is a conundrum for some to understand, the role of a Medical Examiner. We are people in a unique job position, in that we require people to die to keep us employed. We have a job, simply because the world is not perfect, and we earn money because other people have done wrong, because other people are now in pain as a result of this wrongdoing.

Death, for what it is, is a sad thing. Natural death, well, it may be unfair, but it is natural, the time has come for whoever that is, and that I do not mind, because death must happen after all to keep the world in balance. However, murder, as someone who so closely sees the ramifications of it, this kind of death, it never is right. That is what I find so hard to explain. I may work because people die, but never would I believe it benefits me in my job, as some people would believe that it might. I work because people die, but I work for them, I work to uncover what they can not show me, what they can not tell me, so I can help to try and capture the person who silenced them. I am not there because they are dead, I am here working in the morgue, because someone killed them and made them in such a way.

Life should be sacrosanct because it should not be violated or corrupted, not in the way that it can be so harshly ended at the effects of someone else’s hands. However, it being truly sacrosanct, never being able to be ruined, well, that isn’t possible. All life ends, it must, and in someone’s death, even in the death of a tree or an ant, the sacrosanct principle of continued life is finished. Death destroys everything it touches and can bring an end to, and in doing so, it irreversibly destroys anything that is sacrosanct for whoever or whatever was living beforehand.

What do I consider sacrosanct? Continued life is sacrosanct, but in death, life is no longer life, it has ended. I deal, in the course of my job, with what has been, not in the future of someone’s life, but in what has happened to them in the moments before their life was put to an end. I do not approve of murder, largely I do not, but I accept it as a fact within our world, because the human race is not perfect, and while it must not or should not happen, murder still occurs. I work because people die, yes, I accept that, but I do not feel bad because of how I am employed. No, as I see it, I am doing a job that is respectful of whatever it was that constituted a person’s life before they ended up on my table.

Even in death, even if their life is no longer continued, the essence that moved the people who come into my morgue, before they died, that is still sacrosanct. Death does not erase what has come before it, it just puts an end to whatever was happening to that person, whatever they were doing, whatever applied to them when they were able to be in a state where it was applicable. Their life, all life is sacrosanct before death, and in death, being that it is no longer life, the matter is nullified and put to a final end. I accept this, I continue working, and I move on, because even my life, while I still have it, is sacrosanct in some way.
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