how far can you go on euthanasia?

@murkie (1105)
Philippines
August 17, 2012 8:04am CST
this man wants to die. why? because he has been paralyzed for seven years now. so he asked the court to allow him a "right-to-die". but the court disapproved of his plea. i just saw this on the news earlier. which got me to thinking: if you were in a position to decide, would you rather let this man live (as you desire), or let him die (as what he wishes)? according to the news: with the court's ruling, the man must wait until he dies of natural causes, or through self-starvation.
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@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
18 Aug 12
It's actually easy to say "yes, let him die". However, it would create a much bigger problem if the court rules it that way. Why? Well, for one thing, there are a lot of people who'd love to end their lives - regardless what their reasons are - if they allow this man for euthanasia, why wouldn't they allow everyone else who's "suffering"? Remember, "suffering" doesn't only mean the person is paralyzed, there are far more people suffering everyday - walking zombies who don't really want to live anymore. How can the court grant this man euthanasia and not grant everyone else? Does this mean his suffering is greater? How could they say so? I respect the courts for thinking maturely and for the better good on this matter. I think the man and the family just want immediate relief to their suffering. I mean, yes, they are suffering a great suffering both emotionally and financially. But perhaps the main reason why he hasn't been taken by God is because he needs to realize something first, perhaps his family needs to learn something too. I'm not pro suffering, but I am a believer that there are reasons for things that happen to us. Some might not believe in God, but perhaps there is indeed something we need to learn first before going the next level. I saw the video and the wife isn't happy anymore the husband isn't as well. They can't talk to each other the way they did before. But I truly believe there must be something. I think I'd just go for euthanasia if there's a threat for life. Like a mom and a unborn baby and the father or the doctor needs to choose one and regardless what they do they can't save the other. Otherwise, I think there's something we need to learn first. Have a great MylOt experience ahead!
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• Philippines
18 Aug 12
I've read the same news too and was about to discuss it 'til I saw this (hehe). Anyways, yeah, it's a hard decision. I even read the comments on this article, as usual the commentors are arguing endlessly. I am personally not in favor of ending his life. Only God can take away his life, and for his wife, it's a sacrifice and a duty at the same time to take care of him and encourage him to find a reason to be grateful despite his situation. I may sound like I am not feeling for this man, but I do. I feel bad for him but I don't like mercy-killing. Just an opinion.
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@murkie (1105)
• Philippines
18 Aug 12
we all have our views, so don't worry. what if the man thought he would end being a burden to his wife? the wife is inspiring and commendable, that's for sure. but the fact remains that she too suffers. and this suffering is what the man doesn't want his wife (or family members) to have? well, we don't know for sure. we are just speculating.
@Angelpink (4023)
• Philippines
18 Aug 12
As a christian , i believe that one man has ever given the right to take another's life , it is only He , our God who has the right to do all those things. Might be that God still have reasons why this man still lives despite being in a very dreaded situation. In this kind of situation , values can be seen like unity among the family , love, patience and support. Real color of family member can be observe in here.
@murkie (1105)
• Philippines
18 Aug 12
in a religious point of view, yes you are right. certain values can be exhibited through situations like this. but in the long run, the sufferer still suffers, but the supporters dwindle in supporting.
@liguoping (181)
17 Aug 12
How heavy topic!if i paralyzed for several years,i would rather choose to die,you know it is a great torture for a man to lie in bed still for several years!i think everyone has right to choose how to die,it should be people's basic rights,so if i have right to decide,i would rather let this man die as what he wishes,i think most people will approve of my opinion.
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@murkie (1105)
• Philippines
18 Aug 12
in this case, yes. but in most, i'm not so sure. this man has lost all hope, and has reasons for it too. so it maybe ok to grant him his wish. but in some, it's just not a good idea to agree to someone who wants to be killed merely just because s/he wants it. i mean, the desire could be brought by depression, or desperation. both these things can be cured.
• Philippines
17 Aug 12
If I've been paralyzed for a long time, I'm sure I'd also want to die. That's breathing but not living. You're like a doll lying on a bed, wasting money just to keep you lying down and breathe.
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@murkie (1105)
• Philippines
18 Aug 12
wasting money or not, i sure share your view. thanks for the feedback. kinda reminds me of metallica's "one".
@namiya (1599)
• Philippines
17 Aug 12
This is a very touchy issue. Setting aside other issues like high medical expenses, and (for family members) watching him suffer in agony through these years, as a Christian I believe that nobody has the right to decide when will somebody's life should end not even the person himself. But although this is my stand it still is a very difficult issue for no one could assess the actual pain and misery the patient is suffering. The least we could do is offer prayers that God will bless Him and His family that they will be guided to figure out the right decision and who knows for a miracle to happen.
@riyauro (6430)
• India
17 Aug 12
If I was in authority to decide, I would not allow him to die because there is still hope that he might get well. I believe in God and I know that miracles can happen. If the man sees in the right direction to God and has little faith. God will heal him. It is all about Faith. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
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@murkie (1105)
• Philippines
18 Aug 12
quite true. but the problem with most sufferers like this, they tend to lose hope. it's a good thing to have a support group. at least, it lifts the spirit. but in some cases, it leads to more self-pity and desperation. i admire your faith. i wish this man could have some too. and as what some passage says: faith has been your salvation.
• Dhaka, Bangladesh
17 Aug 12
It is really a painful matter. But court cannot give verdict on such type of plea. Thing is that he has been suffering from paralysis for long seven years. It is really painful matter for him. In such cases, members of the family thinks a burden for them. It creates mental agony for the sufferers. May God make his life comfortable.
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@murkie (1105)
• Philippines
18 Aug 12
i think i understand your point. in my understanding, the patient sees his caretakers as already too tired for him. so in order to be not a burden, he decides to end the suffering once and for all. which makes the situation even more saddening. how difficult this would be to all.