My first thought was to introduce this story with “There’s a shocking new trend — mutilating yourself to get ‘a way cool feeling.'” But on reflection I realized there’s nothing shocking about that kind of thing anymore. Here’s the latest from WaPo:
Several cases have been documented where “transabled” people purposely hurt themselves in the hopes of requiring an amputation. One man, who has been referred to as “One Hand Jason,” purposely cut off his right hand with a “very sharp power tool,” allowing his close friends and family to believe it was an accident.
In an interview with the body modification website ModBlog, “One Hand Jason” describes how he spent months preparing to get rid of his right hand, attempting different means of cutting and crushing it in a way that wouldn’t cause him to bleed to death. He even practiced on animal legs he obtained from the local butcher.
“My goal was to get the job done with no hope of reconstruction or re-attachment, and I wanted some method that I could actually bring myself to do,” he said.
After successfully cutting off his hand, “Jason” says his body finally feels normal
“I feel like my body is correct at last, and that’s a way cool feeling,” he said. When asked if he would do anything differently if presented with a do-over, he answered, “No, it came off better than I ever imagined.”
If Jason “identifies” as an amputee, in this day and age who are we to tell him no?
These are Heinlein’s Crazy Years — we just live in them.