Friday, May 20, 2011

A Thoughtful Piece On Euthanasia & Its Consequences

Here's a very thoughtful piece related to euthanasia - definitely a cut above the mealy-mouthed pro-death pieces that flood the edia.
Assisted Suicide? How About A Dutch Treat?
When I evaluate an elderly person in a nursing home, I typically ask, "Are you afraid something bad is going to happen to you?"
And I'll get, "I wish it did."
Or, "Do you think it is wonderful to be alive now?"
And I'll get, "No. I'll be happy to be dead."
It's common for people, whatever the narrative arc of their lives, who suddenly find themselves frail, elderly, and institutionalized to look for an early exit.
I also ask, "Are you happy?"
And I'll get, "I was until I came here." more

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