A Crime of Compassion by Barbara Huttmann
Barbara Huttmann main point is that everyone should have the right to die if they are living in pain. The thought of watching someone in pain is heart breaking, how could someone sit there and refuse to let someone live in pain?
This essay opens the eye of many Americans, so many people would agree, it is UN ethical and wrong to play Gods role, and bring a life back that continues to fade away. In this essay Mac was resuscitated fifty two times, in one month. Everyday his body grew weaker, from lung cancer, he lost his youth, his wit, his macho, and his bowel movement and bladder control his sense of taste and smell were all gone. He could not do the slightest thing for himself. Every joint, every movement, every time the doctors came to turn him on his side was agonizing.
Can you imagine living this way? Would you want to live this way? They place Mac on liquid food for he could not feed himself anymore, Mac is total dependence. His weight dropped to 60 pounds of pure skeleton. This was hard for me to read because it brought back memories of my grandfather. He also went through this transformation, except he lived in pain until he died; do to a bladder infection and an enlarged heart.
This essay not only questions the heart and mind of its readers, but it questions our logical beliefs. Common sense tells you if you cut yourself you’re in pain and if you bleed get a bandage. In the same sense, Mac screamed with agony “let me die, it hurts, it hurts” you see a man die fifty two times, his body weakens every day, his weight drops in substantial numbers, he loses his senses, his intelligence, his independence. And yet you continue to save him thinking you’re doing the right thing. The construction of the essay is perfect, it touches the emotional side of its readers and it’s very persuasive. The values of live is so precious, that the ethics of a human being would try to save a life before they let one go. The mind of...