Death is an experience that awaits every living creature. While humans cannot prevent death, they have the power to prolong the odds of their longevity by adhering to a healthy diet and a resolute exercise routine. Then, as the end draws near, they may be fortunate enough to be able to determine the manner of their death. Considering the choice of how to die is a subject often dismissed for moral or religious reasons or because the mere thought of losing one’s life is too horrific to even contemplate, but the choice (or lack of choice) can be seen as the existential experience of a series of self-defining choices made throughout life.
Research has shown that the marker for people wanting euthanasia is a state that psychiatrists call “hopelessness,” which they differentiate from depression-these people have nothing to look forward to. HOPE is our sense of connection to the future; HOPE is the oxygen of the human spirit. HOPE can be elicited by a sense of connection to a very immediate future, for instance, looking forward to a visit from a loved person, seeing the sun come up, or hearing your grand children playing and laughing. When we are dying, our horizon comes closer and closer, but it still exists until we finally cross over. People need HOPE if they are to experience dying as the final great act of life, as it should be.
Euthanasia is a simplistic, wrong, and euthanasia involve taking people who are at their weakest and most vulnerable, who fear loss of control or isolation and abandonment, who are in a state of intense “pre mortem loneliness,” and placing g them in a situation where they believe their only alternative is to killed or kill themselves.
How would legalizing euthanasia affect medical education? What impact would physician role models carrying out euthanasia have on medical students and young physicians? Would we devote time to teaching students how to administer death through lethal injection? Would they be brutalized or...