There is room for voluntary-euthanasia in our societies

My name is Cecil Lwana, I am trained to preserve and hounour life by all means necessary. I believe in right and wrong good and evil. I really love life and all it has to offer us. Under no circumstances will I consciously and voluntary take a human life for no apparent reason. So help me God.

I fell like I needed to clear the air and publicly proclaim that I value human life, because what I am about to say here my no clearly reflect that, partly because I am rather taking a stance that seems cold and heartless when it comes to choosing life or the lack of thereof. Most of the time I feel like we never really chose which side of the spectrum we belong in, unlike Charde I am not undecided on this issue, I think there is still room for  euthanasia

Good Life Good Death

When a person carries out an act of euthanasia, he brings about the death of another person because he believes the  present existence is so bad that patient would be better off dead, or believes that unless he intervenes and ends the patients life, it will become so bad that the patient would be better off dead. The motive of the person who commits an act of euthanasia is to benefit the one whose death is brought about.

After some googling I noticed that there are two types of euthansia, voluntary and involutantary euthanasia, I will not even talk about involuntary euthanasia where a competent person’s life is brought to an end despite an explicit  opposition to euthanasia, beyond saying that, no matter how honourable the perpetrator’s motive, such a death is, and ought to be, unlawful.

My concern will be with voluntary euthanasia : when a clearly competent person makes a voluntary and enduring request to be helped to die. One of the greatest gifts that God gave us as humans is our Autonomy, as Tony swiftly argues that we can not decide when to exist life because we are not God, I feel that the ability to make our own choices and take our dicisions is the greatest gift God gave to mankind.

I feel that people have an interest in making important decisions about their lives in accordance with their own conception of how they want their lives to go. In exercising autonomy, people take responsibility for their lives; since dying is a part of life, choices about the manner of their dying and the timing of their death are, part of what is involved in taking responsibility for their lives.

Many people are concerned about what the last phase of their lives will be like, not merely because of fears that their dying might involve them in great suffering, but also because of the desire to retain their dignity and as much control over their lives as possible during this phase. I believe that there is nothing as importnant as respecting other peoples autonomy.

The central ethical argument for voluntary euthanasia — that respect for persons demands respect for their autonomous choices as long as those choices do not result in harm to others.

(same person)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1582095/Disfigured-French-woman-loses-euthanasia-bid.html If I was in this ladies shoes I would chose euthanasia, and to think that other people should not be given that opportunity would be selfishness on my side. There is a time when life is not life, when death is more merciful that life its self, and it takes a clear head to realise when that time has came. In this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slZnfC-V1SY Terry is evaluating his options when his Alzheimers makes death better than life.

I think there question here is not whether or not voluntary euthanasia should be allowed, but rather who should be allowed to carry it out? how is qualified to take someone else`s life? I think for me that the question we as society can not answer.

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4 thoughts on “There is room for voluntary-euthanasia in our societies

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  3. Hi Cecil. I liked how you began with your positional statement before presenting your argument. I think it worked well in terms of placing your post into a context.

    I would disagree with your opening statement in the third paragraph. The act of helping someone to die isn’t because the person committing the act believes the patient is better off dead. It is the patient who believes they are better off dead. This is a subtle difference that means everything. I can disagree with your wish to die, but still help you to die. This idea is presented really well in this article from the M&G (http://mg.co.za/article/2013-03-28-00-granting-a-death-wish).

    I like your comment that dying is a part of life. I think that by viewing it from that perspective, it opens up the opportunity for a discussion on the nature of life and of dying. I’ve found this topic really interesting because of the way it allows us to explore much broader questions than simply the giving up of a life.

    Thanks again for a great post.

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