• Purple Pond
    433
    No one had a choice to be born. Some people are really grateful for their birth that they yearn to celebrate each birthday. Others are absolutely miserable about life that they wish they've never been born. Most of us have ups and downs where at times life is awesome and at other times where life is terrible. Most of us want to be alive, and that's great. Other people aren't as fortunate and wish to end their lives. Is it an act of kindness to grant them that wish?

    There's an argument why you shouldn't grant sufferer the wish to end their lives. When someone wants to end their life they are suffering from severe pain. You can argue that they are in no position to make rational choices. Letting them end their lives would be doing them a disservice because their wish for death is irrational. They could get better, and once they do they will be grateful to be alive and that they didn't make such a poor decision.

    Some might argue that you should be free to choose what you do with your own body. That means that you should be free to make irrational choices, such as taking your own life. The question is should we as a society grant people the freedom to do whatever they want to with their own body as long as it doesn't physically harm anybody else. Let's not forget that suicide is rarely a harmless act. Think of all the loved one's that get hurt.

    There are cases where it is rational to end your life. An example where you are going to face a severe terminal illness that there's no chance of getting better. Why should a person go through unnecessary pain without prospect for a better life? Indeed there are countries where assisted suicide is legal for those truly hopeless situations.

    What's your opinion? Should society grant us the right to take our own lives? Or should we put in our best efforts to take away the ability and save those from committing suicide? It might depend on the situation, or it might not. These are very serious questions, and whichever argument happens to persuade you, there's is no prospect for a universal agreement.
  • Bitter Crank
    7.6k
    Where the question of a "right to die" comes to the fore is when someone wishes to end their own life, but is not physically able to do so independently. Is it permissible to help someone die?

    If one is ambulatory and isn't overly fussy about how one might die, it would seem like the "right to die" is inherent--not relying on the action of a state. If I decide to jump off a bridge, or wade into deep water, or fill the garage with carbon monoxide, or blow my brains to smithereens, what does the state have to do with it?

    That said, I am in favor of discouraging people from committing suicide, rather than enthusiastically encouraging the suicidal.
  • fishfry
    542
    One argument against the right to die is that it will inevitably become a duty to die. Old and sick? Your "loving" heirs will say, Hey Dad, how about those Youth in Asia! Every old person will become subject to social pressure to hurry up and die. It's expensive to keep geezers alive you know. So one can make a slippery slope argument against the right to die. We can easily imagine a future in which the right to die turns into mandatory suicide past a certain age. The movie Soylent Green illustrated the process beautifully.

    It doesn't have to be that explicit. You can simply ration health care. What do you think "Medicare for all" will become? Resources are finite. Look at the National Health Service in England. When Mick Jagger needed heart surgery recently he didn't get on the NHS waiting list. He had the surgery performed in New York City. People of lesser means don't always have that choice.
  • Despues Green
    16
    The "right" to die deals with whether or not the ability to die is given to us. Which implies that the State itself has a hand in whether or not we can be alive in the first place. That means that some external figure that isn't the individual is meddling in another person's decision(s).

    We already can see even in today's Time how much the State meddles in minuscule things it has nothing to do with and shouldn't.

    Dying IS a duty. It is inevitable. Even throughout the course of being alive itself, we lose our faculties at different rates, there are predicaments and circumstances we wind up in; the former being the reason why Immortality is ultimately overrated.

    Humans have an incredible ability to procreate. So even in the case where we have People who decide to end their family Legacies, it matters none to what I perceive as the overall goal of Humanity, which is to harness the Powers of the Universe/Multiverse as a resource. We're supposed to die, the forthcoming generations and their manifestations are symbols of Evolution. How else would we have gotten this far?

    I say, if someone wants to die, they should be at their own Liberty allowed to end their own Life. Yes, there are countless people who claim they wish they were never born, but wouldn't dare make even the slightest attempt at putting themselves in an uncertain situation that could cost them their Life.

    I agree we should be Optimistic as Good always prevails over Evil (even though many people struggle with getting out of their own versions of Hell), but People.should be allowed to suffer independently of the State or their "Emotional Family/Friends". No one matters but the individual in this case, so if anything, asking them questions is [almost] always an interesting road for their thought processes.
  • Frank Apisa
    487
    My opinion is that if a person wants to end his/her life...he/she should be able to do so without the mess that accompanies putting a gun into one's mouth and blowing a hole through one's head.

    YES...one should have the right to die...and to choose to die at a particular time and place.

    Just my opinion.
  • MrSpock
    9
    I can only add that in Poland (where I live) suicidal thoughts are punishable by life placement in a psychiatric hospital even though the person is fully healthy and suicide is not a crime. If a neighbor reports that you have suicidal thoughts, the police break into your apartment and take you by force to a psychiatric hospital.
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