By Bernie on 20 Jun 2012
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Amy was 41 years old when she went into her garage and let the fumes from the tailpipe of her car snuff out her life. Amy, a real estate agent, was my wife's second cousin and we lost touch with her a few years ago when the government-caused meltdown of the housing market put her into a depression from which she obviously did not recover.
I understand suicide. I certainly believe it is appropriate in cases of unbearable, interminable physical pain. And while some of us may not understand suicide due to depression, I believe the mental anguish caused by perceived hopelessness is just as painful as that from a physical source.
I'm not saying we shouldn't care if depressed people kill themselves, certainly we should encourage treatment for them, but for some people treatment won't turn hopelessness into joie de vivre, or bring back a dead child, or pay the rent. For such people whose lives are congested with darkness, pain, illness, and loss, perhaps it is far more cruel to keep them from the quiet peace of death. So, yes, I'm in favor of doctor assisted-suicide, see my article And a cup of Euthanasia please.
And not just in the case of a terminal illness but in mental illness as well. If you have nothing to live for, I think you should be able to go to a clinic and shuffle off your mortal coil with medical help.
A case may also be made for liberals or Muslims (the highest form of mental illness), they certainly have nothing to live for nor do they have anything of value to contribute to society. The world would be better off without them.
To be clear: I am not talking about forced euthanasia. I just think it would be less dangerous for everyone if we had a quiet, safe place to voluntarily end our lives. Why force people to jump off buildings or run into traffic and harm others who want to live?
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