A comment on a 2014 Washington Post article discussing assisted suicide in Switzerland eloquently sums up my beliefs behind being my being in favor of legalizing the practice in the US:
have no desire to end up as, let’s be frank, a pet – caged, visited by my owners who I don’t recognize, and kept alive for their pleasure or because of their superstitions.
I have an uncle who wishes to die. His wife, my aunt is keeping him alive for herself. He is blind. His body is shot. In his moments of mental clarity he has clarity he tells anyone who listens that he dies not wish this, and welcomes the end, that he wishes to die. Yet she forces him to receive blood transfusions to keep him alive.
I can totally get not wanting to “lose” the one you love, to face suddenly being alone. I KNOW the despair if not having someone to share life with. And yet I feel she is being selfish.
I’ve said it before on this blog that my golden rule is not to treat others as I would like them to treat me, but to treat them as they would like to be treated. That is the utmost respect.
If I were in my uncle:s body and mind, I would welcome the opportunity to end my life with dignity. Let me die. Don’t cage me and treat me as your pet for your selfish reasons.. Let me go while you have time to find happiness with another, you can cherish that I haven’t sucked the joy, out of your life by lingering.
What are your thoughts?