Playing God Essay

977 WordsOct 19, 20094 Pages
Playing God There will always be a beginning and there will always be an end. Life is a precious gift that wears no specific expiration date. Each of our lives hold a time when there will be no more laughing, no more lessons to learn, and no more sadness, just memories left behind. Whether that time is tomorrow, or not for another five decades, there is no way for us to know any more than the fact that there will always be an end. In the short story “Terminal” by Nadine Gordimer, a woman with a critical diagnosis of cancer sits down to have a conversation with her beloved husband. She goes on to tell him that if the cancer eventually takes over her life and causes nothing but pain, her one wish is for him to let her go, even if it is before nature intended. Her husband is caught in a whirlwind of emotions at the request. How was he supposed to step back and let his wife make the decision to leave him alone on this earth? On the other hand, he knows that he cannot force her to live another miserable day filled with pain. Once confined to a hospital bed, the woman lay sleeping, praying not to wake, hoping to never open her eyes again. Moments later, “She opened them on the glossy walls of a hospital room. There was a hand in hers; his” (Gordimer 542). The morality of euthanasia could be argued for a never-ending extent of time, but when the facts are given, it is apparent that such an act should not be permitted for too many opinions are involved. Who is to judge when a life becomes of no value and when does an illness become “terminal?” In 1992, Jack Kevorkian, a former pathologist who has assisted in 130 patients deaths, spoke at the National Press Club stating that terminal means any disease that shortens life for as little as a single day. This insinuates that every patient whose illness may take one day off of their life

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