The Right to Life; The Right to End It [Video]

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  1. In cases where there are resources such as counceling, therapies, or support groups to tackle key issues as to why people wish to commit suicide, I would say: No, some people shouldn’t be given the right to end their lives (legally, at least–is it “illegal” to attempt or commit suicide?).

    In this case, however, Mr. Nicklinson is condemned as a prisoner to his idle body. Most people don’t live like this and nobody wants to. If Mr. Nicklinson is intelligent enough to communicate on twitter and express what he’s going through, he’s intelligent enough to make a well-informed decision to end his life.

    This is hard because it raises two questions that I don’t, and probably need, answers to: (1) At what point does someone gain or lose the right to end their life, and (2) Who are we (anyone assessing someone contemplating suicide) to grant or revoke said right?

  2. I don’t think he has the right to demand anyone to end his life for him, not even his next of kin.

    • Adsum Ozar says:

      I don’t think you have the right to deny him his demand. His next of kin might have the compassion for him as well as the knowledge to see that what he’s asking for is what he needs. If you’re going to make such a definitive statement it would be nice to find out your reasoning behind it.

  3. While I would never suggest it be exercised lightly, of course we have a right to end our own lives. If I were terminally ill, by what justification could anyone tell me I can’t end my life? Hell, if I were healthy but simply didn’t want to live any more, how is that anyone’s decision but my own?

    That this is even controversial is not indicative of an ethical dilemma but a sign that we have more growing to do as a society as far as this issue is concerned. This is an unfortunate vestige of the fear of the Sky God that we are ever so slowly outgrowing.

  4. Adsum Ozar says:

    When Mr. Nicklinson was a healthy, productive member of society no one seemed to care what he did as long as he followed the law and customs of our society, correct? He could have practiced things out of the ordinary, things somewhat edgy by society’s conventional standards and he would still be considered a responsible citizen and a “normal” individual. If he fell ill, it was his responsibility to take care of himself by tapping into the insurance he paid for as the responsible citizen society expected him to be. No one other than family and friends would care to find out how he was doing, and what steps he was taking to get better as well as lending a hand if necessary. But Mr. Nicklinson happens to be in a situation that is rather sensitive for some of us to contemplate, and because of it perhaps some of us have nothing to contribute to his predicament other than our deep sentiments and beliefs. I happen to think this is not a complicated matter at all. We are born, we live, we die. The living part in the middle is what we owe to ourselves, our families, and because we cannot really get away from it society in the end. He is lucid and able to communicate his wishes, and if euthanasia is what he seeks and needs at this point of his life – he deserves the respect and accommodation any one of us would like to have if our lives were subjected to such a torturous state. This is clearly not a lightly taken decision, and I can only hope to have the courage and consider such a path if my life was to become what his is now. God bless him

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