Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Assisted Suicide to Make Euthanasia More Humane

Sorry, but there is no such thing. A British conductor and his wife decided to kill themselves rather than face blindness and cancer respectively. How many people do you know have become either deaf, blind, or contracted cancer. The only thing I read in this story is that they life this man has become accustomed to is crashing and rather than face the new challenge, he kills himself and somehow convinces his wife to do the same. This couple is being called brave. I don't get how choosing death over life with adversity is brave. It is like taking the chicken exit at a rollercoaster. You don't call somebody brave for walking up to the ride, rather it is brave to ride the ride.
When we call people brave for killig themselves because of a loss of quality of life, when will we start calling people brave for killing other people that weren't "brave" enough to make the decision. Perhaps we should ask some Germans circa 1930's.

5 comments:

Kansas Bob said...

Euthanasia is a complex subject for sure.. I liked what you said about it being an act of cowardice.

Did you see Million Dollar Baby? Do you think Eastwood's character acted out of compassion of something else.

Great discussion topic.. good one for colloquy.

jrchaard said...

Eastwood puts you on a slippery slope of judgement I don't believe God meant us to be on. It would be a good topic for colloquy. I'll have to remember it.

jrchaard said...

Eastwood puts you on a slippery slope of judgement I don't believe God meant us to be on. It would be a good topic for colloquy. I'll have to remember it.

Kansas Bob said...

Gotta agree.. Hospice reflects compassion.. but I do understand in a small way how someone like the Eastwood character would do what he did.

Do you all have a living will and medical power of attorney for each other?

Heard Larry King say that he wants to be cryogenically frozen even if it means his head will be removed to do it.. kind of nuts.

jrchaard said...

I would say Larry King fears the judgement of death.