Saturday, September 18, 2010

Suffering And Strength — What Is The True Meaning Of "I want to die"?

Monique David offers a great explanation in her presentation to the Quebec committee on euthanasia.
"I want to die" is a powerful sentence whose meaning begs to be questioned and understood -- so we, as a society, can allocate more collective will, expertise, creativity and research, especially for the psychological and physical relief of degenerative diseases.

We urgently need more doctors trained in pain management, which should become an essential part of basic university medical training. Regarding psychological, social and spiritual suffering, palliative care medicine is a highly effective solution.
Euthanasia and assisted suicide advocates claim the right to terminate life at the moment and in the way that the individual chooses (or that someone chooses for his). Therefore, we should not be referring to the "right to die" (a right that is intrinsic to the human condition), but rather to the right to be killed. It is separate from suicide, which has existed since the dawn of humanity, and whose practitioners seek no sanction from society.
Monique knows what she's talking about. After all, her own father was in the same situation. He too used to believe that it would be better for him to be killed, but thanks to all the family support and professional help, he changed his mind. This personal experience convinced Monique that desires to die should be disarmed, not encouraged. Hopefully, her testimony convinces the Quebec committee on euthanasia to reject the false notion of an implied "right" to be killed.

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