Published By: 1World Online
When I think about the argument of whether assisted suicide should be legal, the question always comes to mind, “Do we have the right to insist that a terminally ill patient suffer indefinitely, and even when there is no cure or acceptable, quality of life?”
Some people feel that we do have that right and that we must uphold the law – whether it is the law of man or the word of God himself.
So, how do those feelings originate? Are they from our own personal guilt, religious doctrine or a deep-hidden, wish to hide our own fears – as well as our selfish ambitions to be the givers of life over death?
It seems that man is more preoccupied with what satisfies his own conscience, rather than what comforts and eases the pain of the terminally ill and dying.
It intrigues me how society will lay down laws deciding when life can begin, but will fight other laws from saying when it can end.
Is it right to decide that a baby in the womb can have its life ended (up to 20-weeks) before it has even begun, but at the same time say that a life that has outlived itself should go on living forever?
Although we impose a death for a criminal act, we still want to deny it to a life that is simply trying to free itself from excruciating pain and the inevitable.
We seem to have a strange, twisted sense of when one should live and when one should die.
Why do we put dogs and cats to sleep to end their suffering but deny that right to humans?
When a person feels that they can no longer go on, and to simply, exist would be an insult to life itself – it sends out a clear message. It tells us that all hope is gone and that the desire of that person to fight and survive is over.
Who are we to question that? Are we that selfish and self-centered?
Society needs to get over itself.
The people who like to play God need to stop trying to prolong a life that has no value.
The value of a man’s life should not be measured by how long it can be extended, but by how it was lived before it began to die.
Joseph E. Rathjen is a freelance writer and an Opinion Writer at 1World Online – America’s Fastest Growing Social Research Engine.