David Hayes Says:
September 15th, 2008 at 8:26 am
Here’s a topic for consideration. There is a ‘Right to Life’ movement. Who believes in a person’s right to death? Should a person be able to decide when it’s a good time for their life to be over and get some help if they need it? It could even be regulated in that the person must first discharge all financial obligations and responsibilites first.
So to speak to David’s question, this is such an interesting time for you to pose this question. Just recently I decided it was time for me to be responsible and get all my finances and assets organized and sorted. In the pursuit of this goal I realized that I need to set up a will. Along with this will comes a document that represents my wishes for terminal health situations.
Basically I am choosing who I would want to be responsible for me were I to be in a coma or a situation where I was incapable of speaking for myself.
Now, I do believe in euthanasia, and the person’s right to life. So in thinking about who this person would be I recognized that it would need to be someone who would be willing and able to carry out this wish. Someone who would be willing to “pull the plug” (to put it bluntly).
I started thinking about whether or not this was something I would be able to do if I was on the other side. Would I be ok to terminate the life of someone that I love because I deem the quality of life to be too poor? Woah, this is a heavy topic.
When is it murder? And is it murder? When does one give up hope?
I mean, I know there have been situations where people come out of comas after 20 some odd year, so what if I pull the plug too early? Or what if I am purposely requesting someone to agree to pull the plug on me; without giving myself the chance to get better?
But then again, what constitutes a life?
To me life is actively living, actively participating in relating to things in the world. I realize that this is something I struggle with, I have a hard time seeing the value in simply sitting, simply existing, but this is the way I choose to live my life. So from my own view point a life is an existence that is present and proactive.