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Miclaus Maria-Luiza

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Do you agree with euthanasia? (for humans)

I recently had an argument with 2 of my teachers on this subject. Whenever asked whether they agree with euthanasia or not they were either avoiding to answer or they were completely against it without bringing any arguments to support their opinion.
As far as I've noticed this is a very controversial and sensitive subject but I couldn't find anyone to debate it with.
Both my history and my religion teacher found their safety saying that Jesus says humans have no right to take away anyone's life but they didn't share their personal opinion.
Basically my belief is that endeed we do not have that right but in some cases,when for instance a certain person is too sick and hasn't got any chance of getting better and that person doesn't have the streght or the will to fight anymore and their desire is to die,shouldn't they be given this right?

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  • Jun 2 2013: I'm now 76. At 14, after suffering debilitating medical conditions, I was advised I'd be unlikely to survive 14 more years without new medical treatments. Despite continuing debility I enjoyed a life of variety and excitement until at 28 - with only 3 months to live - an innovative procedure provided another 7 years. Four additional surgical procedures in the next 46 years allowed me to live well, despite medical traumas. My life has been documented in 3 memoirs - over 900 pages!. These document the fact that when conditions have seemed unbearable there have always been lovers or medics "depriving me of release" - and that I've ultimately appreciated their efforts. But I've wondered sometimes if I might have subsequently enjoyed an early peace - or whether peace is a condition we should pursue!
    In considering rights and wrongs I've appreciated the interventions of those with a close personal connection. But I've asked myself about religious folks' motivations - seeming to fear "death" (I don't think I believe in death). One might think those who believe in a god would not only have confidence in their access to compatriots "the other side" but also of caring and compassionate systems allowing them to bypass death's agonies? And what of the "godless"? What makes them think that negating the old myths equates with making a determination of spiritual nothingness?
    I don't believe the human concept of death makes much sense, since it ignores the evidence of continuity in the universe. Many who obstruct euthanasia seem to lack a belief in continuity. Science does not allow for "nothingness." I'm confident to ask friends (or pay professionals) to help me get past unnecessary pain and to get over to the other side with priority. Using laws to require folks to suffer before they go is barbaric!
    My main contention is that a human-type god is laughable. "Going over," for me, is gaining access to the spiritual creatures who inhabit a boundless spiritual universe.

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