As kids we grow up imagining our lives before we actually start living them. Some of us can’t wait to be dancers, others can’t wait to be professional athletes, while other kids can’t wait to graduate 8th grade. Some people cant wait to get out of the house once they turn 18, while others can’t wait to graduate high school and join the military. During this time of our lives we don’t realize it, but we actually take life, as a whole, for granite. We may lose friends along the way and at times don’t talk to certain family members due to a random disagreement. It’s not till we move out, go to college, get our first “adult job”or get married and start a family that we realize we had it made growing up and that our time with your parents, siblings, etc. could be cut short at anytime. One thing we don’t see while we are growing up is “death”. Normally, our first death we see growing up is a grandparent, we get it at the time, but we don’t really understand the pain of losing a parent like our parents are going through at that time. Years go by and our own parents start to age, we don’t want to believe it while its happening, but there is that one day that you actually notice and see how old they are. What if, just what if, your parent informs you that they made a decision to mercy kill your mother due to her being diagnosed with state 4 bone cancer and all she has is about a year to live and that’s with medication that is in the thousands of dollar range.
Now this introduction might be a little extreme with its thinking but it could very well happened. The point of this paper is to have a talk about euthanasia and understand it on a moral/ethics standpoint, a political standpoint, and a religious standpoint. Another topic I will bring up is should inmates have the right to be euthanized while serving time if also diagnosed with a life ending disease. Should we, as a culture fully except this and adapt in with open arms or not.
Is euthanasia wrong? Is a moral and ethical question we all fight about today. It can be. Its wrong when the patient was/is diagnosed incorrectly and is pushed to this decision based on false information. Our own morals and ethics define who we are as an individual, so in the case of when euthanasia is right and ok to use, who has the right to question your intentions? My wife and I have an agreement that if anything would ever happen to one of us that there is no way out of and the best decision would be to use euthanasia we would do it. And we fully support the other in that choice. My wife doesn’t want our kids to remember her with no hair, crying in pain, forgetting who they are including who she is. She doesn’t want me or our kids to watch her suffer. She wants us to remember her for who she was and the smiles she gave us all. I respect her thinking and feel the same way if the roles were switched.
Looking at this topic in a religious aspect. There are so many religions and sub-religions who is right? How can one person say, “My God thinks what you are doing is wrong..” while other religions God doesn’t even mention it in their teachings? People take religion to heart, and why not, its one’s faith and belief system. It’s something they hold dear to their hearts. But it’s not ok to condemn others who don’t believe or condemn somebody to hell for deciding to do assisted suicide for their own reasons. People can judge each other all day and in doing so contradict their faith left and right, but if there is a God or Higher power, let him/her do the real judging.
In the state of Illinois we don’t believe in the death penalty. No, we believe that spending $30,000+ per inmate to have three meals a day, clothes, bed, and a TV is a great idea. Looking at our country today I’m sure I’m not the only one who believes it’s a little ridiculous that inmates in our prisons have more things then our neighbors down the road. $30,000 per inmate a year is a crazy number to think about. So let the question be asked; “ If an inmate who is serving a life sentence and finds out they have stage 4 cancer, or Alzheimer’s, or has a stroke or heart attack and is given X amount of days to live, should they be given the same choice in choosing euthanasia as some have today? Yes, I 100% feel they should. $30,000 a year for an inmate isn’t counting all the medical bills and meds they may be receiving and by giving them this chance, as sad and wrong as it may sound, could very well be saving the states money in the end.
A social problem that comes to mind about euthanasia is how the family handles the loss of an individual in this situation. No one handles death well, if it’s an expected death or a surprise death we all handle it mostly the same way. Now, overcoming that pain of losing someone, we all handle this differently and we all take our own time in doing so. I truly believe that if anything would ever happen to my wife and euthanizing her was the end result, that I would/could be able to get over the pain better knowing she went out on her call, not deaths. More and more people are feeling that same wave as well. The thought of going out when they want, if that time came, makes an individual feel, in a way superior to death and puts them more in control of their lives at the end.
Allowing the legalization of euthanasia is a must for our country. It is a person choice, when already faced with death to pick the date of their deaths. It’s our human right living in this nation or any nation for that manner to look out for their families well being along with making sure they are financially set after one is gone rather then cleaning out the accounts while one is suffering.
September 7, 2015
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