Euthanasia: A Situation to Always Rethink

Euthanasia—it always seemed like the way to go for me. Why not pull the plug or end someone’s life, whom you have been told is in pain or suffering? And for that matter, what happens when it is a person that you most deeply love and cherish?

I always tried putting myself in these situations. If I were suffering, I would certainly want someone to pull the plug. I understand to fight for your life is ideal and can lead to miraculous healing. However, sometimes we just have to face reality and realize that someone could be in pain while we contemplate whether to keep or let go.

After reading The Wrongfulness of Euthanasia by J. Gay-Williams, there are many other components that are crucial in making the ultimate decision. For instance, Gay-Williams states, “a mistaken diagnosis is possible, and so is a mistaken prognosis. Consequently, we may believe that we are dying of a disease when, as a matter of fact, we may not be.”

Misdiagnoses’ happen more frequently than we think. It would be a complete mistake to not research further or consider this. After all, nowadays society has developed hundreds of diseases, illnesses, etc., that supposedly allow us to believe we are abnormal or that we are different. Yet as Gay-Williams states, “recently, many psychiatrists and sociologists have argued that we define as ‘mental illness’ those forms of behavior that we disapprove of. This gives us license then to lock up those who display the behavior.” These ideas ultimately become embedded into our minds, leading us to believe there is always something wrong. Eventually, even the most subtle or unserious situations can eventually seem crucial due to ‘mental-illness’ information overload. All this can be misleading in allowing us to believe the less severe illnesses are unmanageable or hopeless.

For example, if your mother or close family member is being held on life support due to some type of disease or illness, you are likely to entrust and rely on your doctor. The doctor, who has a wide spectrum of knowledge about these diseases then explains it is severe or hopeless to change, and what are you supposed to think?

I believe we have to be critical. In addition to this doctor’s wide array of knowledge on these types of illnesses, who is to say he/she is correct about the sickness or even the level of sickness? Who is to say this doctor is simply exaggerating the illness due to his/her inclination that your close family member is better off dead? Also, the reality is, nobody has you or your family’s best interest in mind the way you do, therefore someone might just not care as much

More so, it is always the easy thing to do and believe what you hear. It is always easier to jump to the conclusion that a person, may in fact be suffering dreadfully. However, we must all remember to keep open minds and consider that not all doctors have the truth or even the best interest of another. It is natural for us to entrust them, yet rather than agreeing, we need to possibly do our own research and question whether these situations are actually feasible within the particular circumstances.



3 thoughts on “Euthanasia: A Situation to Always Rethink

  1. I always seemed like the way to go for me as well. If someone is suffering and you know that they are not going to get better or if they are in a coma and never going to come out of it then why not pull the plug. I also feel like if I was in this situation and I was miserable every single day that I would not want to live my life like that and would want some one to take care of it. I think that if it were a family member it would make the decision twice as hard but if they are suffering and going to die anyway, then why not put them out of their misery. It is always going to be sad when someone dies but that is part of the grieving process.

  2. You had some great topics in your blog, I totally agree with you on the side of having an open mind and considering that not all doctors have the truths or best interests for the patients. I’ve never been in a situation where a human who was suffering asked for it to end but I do agree that if an individual is suffering and has lost all will to keep going the best remedy for them if they are terminally ill is to stop their suffering. Great blog!

  3. How do you think we could solve the problem of people losing their ability to reason coherently and because of this them not being able to opt. for Euthanasia? One of the most touching examples that I remember going over when I presented on this issue was a gentleman who had lost his ability to speak and ration properly. The Gentlemen had left a written agreement that in the event of his incapacitation he would like to be euthanized, since he could still semi function the doctors left it up to his discretion. IT seemed really sad to me that the doctors wouldn’t honor what he had decided before he had been ravaged by his condition.

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