Cultural Differences Essay

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As Americans, we take for granted the cultural norms and differences in another society. We get use to the way we are raised and the way that we learn. And while we have become accustomed to our everyday lives, norms, and realities; these ideas are much different than that of other cultures in the world. “Becoming aware of and being sensitive to cultural differences will help increase your accuracy in perception.” (Interpersonal Messages, Communication and Relationship Skills 2nd Edition, pg. 72) For instance, most Americans are familiar with the household name Dr. Kevorkian, known also as "Dr. Death". Jacob "Jack" Kevorkian was an American Pathologist, Activist, Painter, Author, Composer and Instrumentalist. Most people were not aware of his many other hidden talents and accomplishments in life. He is best known for publicly championing a terminal patient's ‘right to dievia Physician Assisted Suicide (or PAS). He claimed to have assisted at least 130 patients to their end of life. He famously said, "…dying is not a crime. My aim in helping the patient was not to cause death. My aim was to end suffering. It's got to be decriminalized.” Jack Kevorkian Voluntary Euthanasia (VE) and Physician Assisted Suicid (PAS) have been the focus of great controversy in our culture in recent years. “Euthanasia is from the Greek word eu; meaning ‘good or well’ and thanatos; meaning ‘death’. This refers to the practice of ending a life in a painless manner.” (en.wikipedia.org/euthanasia, 2013) And Hippocrates even mentions Euthanasia in something called the Hippocratic Oath, which was written between 400 and 300 BC. It clearly states that they would, “facilitate the death of those whose lives had become burdensome as a result of ‘torturing and lingering pain’.”(US National Library of Medicine, v. 18(2), April 2011) Physician-assisted suicide, a subset of euthanasia, is the

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