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Also kimkio you are clearly bloody stupid so stop posting on something you`ll never understand.
There are several cases like this in the UK (and elsewhere) where the case must be taken to court, but usually the judges have enough common sense and decency to follow through with a verdict that takes their suffering into account.
For example this case. There was another case recently where a father smothered his 12 year old.
I wouldn`t have thought they`d arrest him either, but apparently they have, on suspicion of murder.
There are alot of legal considerations to be made. First, this is not enough to try a case on. There actually needs to be evidence in order for him to be prosecuted. Second, the deceased closest family would have to agree to have the body dug up and examined for more evidence, which they probably wouldnt want / allow. Third, he`s old and dying himself and the law has better things to do than waste resources on a case that is years and years old, and that also has a massive chance of falling short in the courtroom.
Short answer: Yes he can do this, no there probably won`t be any ramifications. However, if you were 20 and admitted to doing this like, last week, then expect to be doing time soon.
The purpose of medicine is to improve the odds in favor of a patient surviving. I don`t mean to belittle what you`re saying, but comparing the potential results of a lack of medical care to the act of helping someone commit suicide is comparing apples to oranges. One is in the purview of the medical profession, one is not.
And the purpose of a philosophy is to approach decision making from a logical point of view. Just because it is a Kantian point of view, doesn`t mean that it doesn`t have merit. The universal laws that Kant talks about are aimed primarily at non-contradiction. It takes a rational mind to make a choice, so the choice to destroy the very thing that gives you choice is a logical contradiction.
My point is that the lines are blurred. I mean if you want to put it that way, he probably would have died long before he did without medical intervention. Even if you discount those on life support. An individual who signs a DNR might very well continue to live beyond resuscitation, so should we force these individuals to continue to live?
The tragic truth is this.
When a dog suffers, and there is nothing more to do, you put him to sleep, and release them.
When a person suffers, and there`s nothing more to do, people do everything they can to keep them alive.
If they`re in pain, and want to leave, it is selfish to lock them in the house.
I didn`t say it can`t I said not necessarily. And your assertion of whether or not it is wrong to "destroy a rational mind" is only from your Kantian view. It seems illogical to me to torture a rational mind in order to appease our own values and not put the patient first.
Further, if pain can`t make a person irrational, as you claim, then there is no acceptable way for a person to commit assisted suicide, as it would be destroying a rational mind.
I can`t say I agree with assisted suicide in general, because life is precious. To argue from a Kantian point of view, suicide of any stripe is robbing someone of their rationality. Pain is not of the mind, but of the body, and the mind holds precedence over the body. If someone was in so much pain that they were completely irrational, it is more of a grey area, but the catch-22 of the law is that, in places where assisted suicide is legal, it is only legal if the person wanting to die is judged rational. So between universal law and human law, there is no right way to do assisted suicide.
TV, movies, theatre, dance... these have always been high in percentage of gays because they are more `emotional` careers and less `big strong tough guy` ones. How often do you see a gay Builder or Truckie? Sure, there are probably some, but not in the same proportion as other trades.
Pain is no excuse, Pain can be managed. My mother died of cancer and even-though I knew she was in pain, I don`t regret those last days she was alive."
Firstly he was terminal, it was 50 years ago and there was nothing that could be done.
Secondly, I certainly don`t want to take away from the fact that watching your mother die was horrible. I`m sorry you went through that. But your statement is about you, which is typical to the anti-euthanasia argument. People don`t want to let go of their loved ones, so killing them even to end suffering is often thought to be wrong, but backed by the emotion of not wanting to let go or say goodbye. Like I said though, I don`t judge you. I`m sorry about your mother.
Clayboy, the first case of AIDS was diagnosed in 1959.
You mean in a US court of law. Assisted suicide is quite legal in some countries, such as Switzerland. And Crakr, I`m sure even if a cure for AIDS was found tomorrow, the guy`s internal organs would have pretty much liquefied by that stage of the disease. Wouldn`t have been much help to him.
I`d bet a whole lot of money that cures for things like AIDS and cancer have already been found, but pharmaceutical companies are keeping them a secret.
Pain is no excuse, Pain can be managed. My mother died of cancer and even-though I knew she was in pain, I don`t regret those last days she was alive.
2. probably wrong to admit to it
if i was in a similar sort of position i`d expect anyone with the balls to end my life if i was in a state of impossible repair and excruciating pain