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Директор Альянса Помогающих Практик, член Правления EEAET. Санкт-Петербург

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We become humans only when we care for children, the disabled and the il

It may be understandable why medics with firsthand experience in treating disabilities might agree with Nikonov. But why would an average person who doesn’t come into frequent contact with a disabled child root for euthanasia? “The modern Russian society tends to polarize. When a high standard of living and the pursuit of welfare becomes the main goal for many people, the healthy and active part of society tries to set itself apart from the others – the elderly, the homeless, the terminally ill,” said Vladislav Andryshin, the editor of the hpsy.ru Web site on humanistic psychology and the director of the Alliance Pro Bono LLC, which brings together psychotherapists and psychologists. “The wider this gap becomes, the more ‘normal’ people believe in their preeminence, freedom and opportunities, ignoring the minorities, and the more likely they are to wish to eliminate vulnerable categories. But we should remember that we become humans only when we care for children, the disabled and the ill.”

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The comment to article "The Cradle of Social Darwinism" by Svetlana Kononova (Special to Russia Profile, February 24, 2010)/RIA Novosti