When I first heard this word, being young, dumb and well, erm, ignorant, I though they were talking about “the youth in Asia” … it sounds quite similar, but I came to learn it couldn’t be a more different topic !
Clint Eastwood did an excellent job with the movie “Million Dollar Baby” (2004) alongside with Hillary Swank and Morgan Freeman. For me it illustrates beautifully several of life’s dilemmas. The narcissistic mother who cares more about herself than her own daughter. The daughter who wanted to be loved for who she was, but could only strive and fight for greatness. The daughter’s determination in finding a trainer who took her to the pinnacle of success as a boxer. Her subsequent hospitalisation due to paralysis from being fouled in the boxing ring. Lastly her wish to be allowed to die because of her suffering and paralysis, being denied by “the system”. In the end Clint’s character takes matters into his own hands and gives her the peaceful end she wishes for.
It’s one of my favourite movies, more power to Clint to be choosing to make movies about emotive and challenging issues such as this one.
This comes at a time when I’d recently chatted with a couple of readers about suicide – their choice, not mine I hasten to add.
Essentially some might say Euthanasia is assisted suicide. Others would describe it as manslaughter or murder, or certainly that is how the legal system in the UK views it – http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Euthanasiaandassistedsuicide/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Also of note is that in the UK, suicide is also illegal. Quite odd that the powers that be wish to deny us our basic right of whether we wish to live or die, but that’s how it is. I imagine it’s similar in USA, and in other countries. In reality making suicide illegal is a “moot point” in that once one has committed suicide there’s no law to answer to anyway. So a bit like an ashtray on a motorcycle, that is rather pointless …
Switzerland from what I understand takes a different point of view, and they have Euthanasia clinics there. So that might be a possible solution for a person who wished to end their own life, provided they had the money to get there and were capable of travelling to Switzerland. And what then of anyone who assisted them in going to Switzerland, under UK law presumably they might have done something wrong, perhaps the airline staff for instance could end up in court on a manslaughter charge ? My legal knowledge isn’t wide enough to more than speculate !
The pro-Euthanasia camp would argue it’s compassionate, it’s an end to suffering and that it’s a human right violation to say that we can’t choose if we want to end our own lives.
The anti-Euthanasia camp would argue that it’s sinful, illegal and basically murderous. Also that there’s a risk of any Euthanasia system being abused by the greedy and unscrupulous.
I’m sitting on the fence on this one. I can see reasons that compel me on either side. Bottom line, personally I believe human life is one of our most precious gifts, so I’m slightly more in the anti-camp for this reason. Within that Million Dollar Baby did change my perceptions regarding this issue – I mean how could you watch someone you love in horrendous suffering, slowly deteriorate against their will, eventually dying of rotten bedsores or gangrene … that’s a tough one, a really tough one …
It’s an emotive, tough topic, so please exercise self-discipline in your comments and have respect for those who may be suffering.
Within that have a good laugh at the fool in the photo, I’ll have to clean my monitor now from the coffee that got propelled onto it prior to me rolling around on the floor laughing 😀
Over to you … what do you think ?
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