The corona pandemic also raises questions of humanity and morality. In an international appeal, celebrities from politics, society, church and science therefore call for not depreciating the lives of old people in the Corona crisis – and want a “moral revolt”. “All necessary energies have to be invested in order to save the greatest number of lives and to give everyone access to treatment,” says the appeal in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published as an advertisement and among others by the philosopher and sociologist Jürgen Habermas was signed.
“The value of life must remain the same for everyone. Anyone who devalues the fragile and weak life of the elderly prepares the way for a devaluation of every life, ”it says. The goal must also be to get away from the “institutionalization of old people”. Among the numerous first signatories to the appeal are the former President of the EU commission Romano Prodi, the former Federal Minister of Education Annette Schavan (CDU) as well as the archbishop in northern Italy Bologna, Cardinal Matteo Zuppi.
In many countries, “a dangerous model” is emerging that speaks for a selective healthcare system in which the lives of older people are considered secondary. “Their greater vulnerability, their advanced age and any other illnesses they may have should then justify a form of selection in favor of the younger and healthier.”