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Posted 8/16/16

BlueOni wrote:

I support voluntary euthanasia in the case of people diagnosed with terminal illnesses or injuries who are experiencing or expect to experience extreme pain and suffering.

Agreed. I'm glad that states are slowly but surely passing bills to legalize it, like California did last year.


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and you will be held accountable for your complicity in the doctrine of murder come judgement time


And I expect I will be judged kindly for my mercy.


For someone who doubts which gods you believe in, thats amusing. Its Gods role to dispense His Mercy, not yours, (or anyone's). Death should be natural, and pain is a part of the process. You have no right to interfere in said process. If that person led a good life, in death his or her pain will be relieved and happiness restored in full.


You can believe whatever you want, but don't force those beliefs on me or anyone else. People should have the right to live and die as they choose. For you to say that people should have to suffer in agony for no reason other than YOUR PERSONAL religious beliefs is not only selfish, but I think inhumane as well.
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Yes... do it.... do it now...

Posted 8/17/16
I would say yes, can I be first? The last 2 times didn't go as planned
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Velvet_Crowe wrote:

I would say yes, can I be first? The last 2 times didn't go as planned


Interesting.
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If people want to die nothing is going to stop them nor do they have to ask.

There are many guaranteed ways to die and everyone keeps doing these ways that have some chance to kill you but not a 100% chance.
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Painless death is a useful way to limit population growth and lessen job competition so I will support the right to die.
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Posted 8/17/16 , edited 8/17/16
I have a similar mindset to Intense Autism...

I believe that voluntary euthanasia/assisted suicide are a necessity these days with all the new illnesses popping up but with checks in place. I think all planning to take up the option should go through counseling with their immediate family and closest friends to make sure the parties involved will know the affects it will have on each other. Not one session but multiple sessions until the therapist can truthfully say all parties involved know the consequences and what to expect in the aftermath. In many cases it'll also go to show the person that they're not the burden on their family they believe.
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modern medicine has changed all that I was legally dead twice and brought back; it's not a good feeling and it's really unnatural I felt as if I had lost a part of myself when I was brought back
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Die when your time is up. Work hard and get a heart attack. The way to die in my view.
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Yes, we should have that right. For those who make the argument that life and death is in God's hands, it can simply be said that not everyone believes the same. Do as you please, but having lived through watching people suffer the most awful illnesses, yes, they should have the right to choose.
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"So, should we have the right to die? Is it really selfish to want to die? Who do we really live for in this world? What are your thoughts on this?"

I don't think there is anything wrong with committing suicide assuming the person dying is mentally healthy - as in they are not mentally ill rather than healthy as in happy.

For assisted suicide I find the laws most countries have to be bullshit, if someone wants to die but does not have the strength or will to do it themselves then (assuming the person's wishes have been recorded/documented for legal reasons) there should be nothing stopping you from fulfilling their wishes and ending their suffering.

The selfishness question and the living for/purpose of life questions both depend on the specific circumstances and the people involved.

I might get some flak for this but in very, very extreme circumstances it would be better (for their family) for some people to commit suicide rather than keep going.

Completely hypothetical situation: a parent is terminally ill and has very young child + no relatives that can take care of the child. They know that they only have a couple of years left to live and by the time they are dying the child will have developed enough to most likely remember the parent dying in hospital. The parent has a choice - have some of the first memories their child has be of their slow and painful death in hospital or save both themselves and the child a lot of pain by killing themselves and have the child eventually be adopted by a good family with the parent's money entrusted to them when they grow up.

Suicide can be wholly selfish, it can be wholly selfless and it can be everything in between.
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If you want to die then there's no stopping you from just hanging yourself or jumping down a cliff. However that doesn't mean I think it's the right thing to do since I think you should fix your shit before you give up
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Personally I consider suicide a sin and an insult to those that care about you. In my mind no amount of suffering relieves one of the duty to keep marching forward, to draw another breath, and see another sunrise. You were given life and purpose for a reason, even if that reason is only participation in medical trials.

I know it's the unpopular opinion but it's what I believe in. It's what I think everyone should believe in , that duty comes before selfish desires and wants. But that's just my two cents after all and I know many of you disagree with it and I think the poorer of you for it.
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It's a tough issue, a thorny problem. For example, I think kids are too young to make such a decision for themselves. They need more life experience to be sure it's the right thing.

On the flip side, if someone is suffering from cancer, has no chance of destroying it (that is, they will die from their cancer or complications due to it), is stopping their treatment the same as a right to die? Is that just a slower form of a more gentle exit that they may want to choose if they had the option? In those cases, if the pain gets to be too great after they are past the point of no return, would a simple death be the best option - even according to loved ones, who don't want to see them in pain?

Since I've done the cancer thing, I tend to look at it from their point of view more often than not. I've known a lot of people who choose to stick with hard chemos, which make their lives living hell, just to hold on a bit longer. I've known others who look at what that quality of life would be, and reject the treatments, instead trying to enjoy what they have left, even though it would be less time total.

So long as the person in question does think it through, and is aware of their options, I think it's important to respect their choice, even if it's not the one I might make.
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No, those that are still useful, work. Also, can you really call something a right if it can be taken away from you?
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