The care of those dying involves so much of one’s self. Most often times due to selfishness we fail to understand those who are terminally ill. Their suffering, the pain they endure on a daily basis both physically and mentally and in some cases spiritually. Self-deliverance or a “good death” is not a familiar idea in the American culture regardless of the circumstances. It’s apparent that because of the ending of one’s life social, legal, ethical and medical issues will arise. Who’s right is it to die?
If reality is inevitable, and there is nothing one can do to stop it, change it, alter it, or make it happen, one may want to distance them self or even ignore the possibilities of inevitable events. This only hurts people in the long run because not only did the inevitable happen, but the reality of the inevitable and the occurrence can cause people even more doom and burthen rather than them preparing and adapting and accepting inevitable events. There is an idea of shame when one thinks of “burthen….forever on a man’s shoulder.” Shame
Consider a person with an incurable illness or severe debility such that life has become so racked with pain or so burdensome that desirable, meaningful, purposeful existence has ceased. In ancient days, assisted suicide was frequently seen as a way to preserve one’s honor. “For the past twenty-five years, on the other hand, the practice has been viewed as a response to the progress of modern medicine” (McDougall, 2008). New and often costly medical technologies have been developed that extend life. Nevertheless, the technologies also prolong the dying processes, leading some people to question whether modern medicine is forcing patients to live in unnecessary pain when there is no chance they will be cured.
Each country, especially the United States, had an almost isolationistic view of their role in the world. Today, however, we face the challenge of enemies who do not think rationally and will die for what they think is the greater good, so the view of seclusion is not longer valid. The suicidal attitude of these new adversaries makes these types of people’s actions very hard to predict and track which leads to a danger that is unpredictable and around which we cannot devise a defensive plan. Another idea is that the civilized world believes that the economically developed countries take care of the less developed countries. In an article written by James G. Pradke called “Idealism vs. Realism: a Modern Approach to Capitalism Vs. Socialism,” dated April 16, 2010, he quoted Merriam-Webster’s dictionary (2010) which “claims that realism dismisses idealization and presents a theory which focuses on concern for fact or reality while rejecting
From Steven Ertelt’s article, we knew that Ewart said, if he chose to live, he would suffer illness, but it did not mean he could cure the disease and have a new life (2008). Patients suffer grievous pain, and those who want to live, have to suffer through the horrible illness. But if there is no hope, and these patients choose to do euthanasia, relief is instantaneous. In addition, people would love to live with happiness. Imagine that your life is filled with pain.
Before assigning value to life it should be considered what that person did in their lifetime not just their job, or their major achievements, but how they affected other people in either a positive or negative way. This is why suicide is such a selfish act. In Hamlet’s famous speech he states, “No traveler returns, puzzles the will, And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than to fly to others that we know not of” (Shakespeare 33)? In other words Hamlet believes that it might be better to live through the trials of life than journey into the unknown. Suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems and when successful leaves behind a mass of grieving people.
However, it seems like no many people take care about the value of life. In Hamlet’s soliloquy, the author expressed his pessimism about life and for him the easiest way to avoid suffering is suicide. This might be common for many people about how they see life today. When a difficult situation strikes a person, if the individual has a pessimist way of looking at the problems, then probably that person will commit suicide or even will made a bad decision. According to the decisions that a person makes, then is how he or she will solve the problem present in life.
The donation of organs is a critical medical procedure which helps save the lives of many, from the death of others. Many people owe their lives to the organs of deceased members of our society, but many ethical issues are raised with this procedure, as well as cultural and political factors. The shortage of organs around the world means that many people die waiting for an organ, for this reason many people encourage organ donation, where a living or deceased person donates their organs to someone else, in the hope that they may save the lives and give hope to the many that require such organs. There are many benefits of organ donation; it helps grieving families know that there is a positive side to the person’s death, and that they may live on through another person. It can save lives, or improve them, some people get the chance to see after being blind their whole life, and others get the right to live, through a new heart or liver.
They assume that I should be just as able-bodied as them since they can’t “see” my disability and use oppressive words like lazy and ‘no good for nothing’ which only leads to further denigration of an already awful feeling. It also makes me feel even more isolated and alone because I internalize the oppression and my negative self-talk continues to tell me that I am the only one who truly understands. This form of oppression is what stopped me from reaching out to get help for my mental illness for many years. The stigma (negative stereotype) of mental illness which we are often led to believe through outlets like the media, caused me to fear what others may think about me and so I didn’t speak to anyone about my mental health until it was so unmanageable that I had to be hospitalized. Before that, I lived many years with the debilitating symptoms of depression and anxiety without any medical or therapeutic intervention.