To Die Or Not To Die
by Eona on February 10, 2015 - 4:52pm
As the modern society progresses at full speed, science becomes an inseparable part of our daily lives in multiple ways: such as the smartphones which are getting more and more multifunctional with every new generation offered to the public. But science itself is not just about better phones or laptops; it’s also about other domains, such as the very basis of our society: the human life. Nowadays, when someone caught a cold, all he or she has to do pop some pills and it will be better the following day. It is unimaginable to us the modern people to conceive how back a few hundred years doctors would bleed their patients thinking it would cure them and catching a cold can be fatal.
With the birth of brilliant minds such as Rosalind Franklin who allowed scientist to have a better understanding of the human body and with time, medicine became a science so important that students studying their life away in the hope of getting into med school. Along with these progresses, doctors are confronted to more and more ethical decisions. One that has been victim of debate on many occasions is euthanasia.
Euthanasia is a medical practice to purposefully end a person’s life, in order to free this said person from pain and suffering. This practice is highly controversial and different provinces have different laws regulating it. Now the question is: should euthanasia be legal? Is it more just to keep a person alive but suffering? Or to assist a patient in suicide to end the pain. In Canada, passive euthanasia (letting someone die without necessarily helping them do it personally) is allowed in Canada but active euthanasia (a physician “killing” the patient with his or hers consent) is considered as committing murder.
In my opinion, active euthanasia should also be legalized since it is more ethically right to end a person’s life instead of leaving a patient in agonizing pain and suffering for the rest their life besides everyone should be allowed to pass away with dignity, and not hooked to ten different machines and constantly drugged in order to not feel their physical pain in some cases. When a person is just living because of the machines are still functioning, it strips from the patient what makes them fundamentally human: their superior mind. Euthanasia is not only an ethical practice in the point of view of the patient, but also their family; knowing in the back of your mind that someone dear to you is being tortured everyday can’t possibly be a nice feeling. So assisted suicide is not only a relief of the person in pain but also to the entourage who shouldn’t be put through seeing a loved one living in a reality worse than death itself. Some counter my point of view by saying no one should be able to decide someone else’s fate. But again, isn’t it more cruel to watch someone suffer deliberately just because it puts your conscience at ease. In my eyes, that is selfish and cowardly. In order to live in a more ethical world, we should all learn to know when to let go and in some cases; death is not the worst outcome, being alive is. So why should we prolong the suffering of others, in an utilitarian point of view, legalizing euthanasia would bring the most happiness to the biggest crowd, the family would be relieved of a huge emotional burden and the patient can go in peace.