Dear ol’ dad worked the ER for many a moon and saw, on more than one occasion, “DNR” tattoo’d across a person’s chest…obvious signal to anyone that they would prefer to be left to Nature’s devices to decide their life or death fate. And the med team did just that. Legal, and no arguments.
There is another movie which sparked conversation on this topic: “Beloved”. A truly ‘interesting’ movie to be sure, but if I were raped by my ‘master’ and knew that my daughter would be raped repeatedly by him as soon as she was of birthing age until she produced another slave for him, I would have killed my baby daughter also. There I said it, I’m horrible, but death for my daughter would insure her, and more than likely damn me, but oh well.
Both these deaths, the euthanasia of a terminal person and the out in out murder of an infant, to me are in the end the same. They saved the recipient pain, torture, and ultimate loss of a quality life.
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I guess I see how the “little essay” (I’m flattered; it was really just a brain fart) might be construed as a pro-euthanasia position, but it really wasn’t. I was singling out the scenario in the film– and those similar in real life– and trying to come to terms with what I would do in Clint’s place. But if you read the Church’s position (see link), removing someone from an artificial means of life support is not considered euthanasia and their natural death is “a blessing and a purposeful part of eternal existence.”]]>
C’mon Susan, There is a big difference between a Dr. Kevorkian style assisted suicide and unplugging a machine. A machine!]]>
But I recognize that thinking and praying are very different from putting your hand out and taking hold of a switch or plug. If it had come to that, knowing Mom’s wishes and having her living will in hand, I think I would have been able to do even that. I think.]]>