The Right to Die

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My first thought of the essay “The Right to Die” I found it to be very interesting. Author Norman Cousins posed a question, “Suicide is traditionally considered a tragedy, even a sin. Under certain circumstances, can it be considered a triumph over a slow and painful death?”(Norman, 2007) My initial answer would be no, based on a biblical reason concerning suicide. If you take away my religion beliefs, than I will really have to reexamine suicide from a different prospective. This can be done by taking a look at the situation at hand. It’s always easier for us to sit back and play “Monday night quarterback” when looking at a situation from a bigger picture. We find ourselves saying,” if that was me I would of did this”, but if we were face with that same situation, the outcome may be the same. For instance, just image those people, who were trapped inside the World Trade Center on September, 11th. They decided to jump to their death verses been burned alive and suffer a slow and painful death. Author Norman Cousin made great points on supporting his argument. The Dusens didn’t want to suffer a slow and painful death. Therefore, they decided on a self-inflicted death instead. Just maybe it should be a human right. Along if their decision is not acted out in public, nor does it put anyone else in danger. In his essay “The Right to Die,” Norman Cousins contended that the idea of someone committing suicide is often looked down upon by society. Even beyond the respect towards religion. Norman also suggested the need to reevaluate the true significance of being alive. Supporting this assertion, he explained how some societies have implemented penalties towards family members of suicide victims. In hopes this may deter someone from committing any self-inflicted death. Further, he posited even without respect to religion, customs and attitudes from
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