posted on Aug, 27 2003 @ 11:53 AM
The very first part of the American dream: life. Without life, there is no liberty or pursuing anything. Life. Does this mean the freedom to end life?
The painkiller point is hardly a moot one, since pain killers allow the person to be free of pain, and certain ones, mainly the politicans cocktail,
allow the dying person to remain alert and awake, to be able to spend the last moments of life awake with family members. Painkiller do just that:
kill the pain so they dying will not have to suffer pain, and allow nature to take her course. They do not have to be vegetables. Theres many
medications that allow for awareness along with freedom from pain. Dying doesnt have to be painful. It can be very peaceful.
There is Hospice. Hospice allows a person who doesnt want to be hooked up to machines to die a peaceful, natural death. It is far preferable to
suicide, as it aknowledges the presciousness of life, and the need to die with dignity. It supplies pain medice, and nurses to care for the dying, to
clean them up and care for them. A much kinder soultion than to simply snuffing out the light, no matter how dim that light may be getting.
When we legally sanction Euthaniasia, we are telling the world that life no longer is prescious, that when a person is no longer productive, they
should be allowed to kill themselves, and a doctor should be allowed to break his oath and assist. We send out a signal that life is only good as long
as your young and healthy, when you age and become ill, than suicide is ok, because youre old and useless, and no one will miss you. Only the young
and vibrant have good life. Sickness and age are to be feared, and thus, are suffering. We become no better than the Romans and Greeks, who also
practiced "good death".
If a person is going to kill themselves, they will, but to legally sanction doctor assistance is purely disturbing. People in society continue to
murder and rape, they will contine to steal and lie, so should we make it easy for them to get thier hands on weapons to kill? They will do it anyway.
Suicide, you say, only kills the person killing themselves. But they are still taking a life. Doctors become accomplices to murder when they provide
the means for a person to end thier life.
Theres also the prospect of doctors becoming corrupted. If they take one life because a person asks them to, where will they draw the line? What about
people incapable of maiing that descision? What if a person is in a coma, and cannot make this descision? What if, they make a living will to pull the
plug, but change thier minds before they change thier will, and become comatose before they can do anything? What about doctors, who, now legalized to
commit murder, suggest suicide to a terminally ill patient, robbing them of hope, and in thier desperate time of need, suggesting that they end it all
and stop thier suffering when they are not quite ready to give up yet?
It is not selfish of family members to want to keep thier loved ones around. It is selfish of the dying to do so. The dying person will get thier
chance to be released from life soon enough. It is the living who will have to suffer on. Let the dying stay and let nature take her own course. Let
those last weeks of life be ones hwere the family, who will be left behind, have that time to spend with the dying and tell them all the things they
never got to say, to share, to suck up every last minute. Doctors, nor the dying should deprive the living, of thier only hope for redemption and