Week 5: Euthanasia; Two sides of the same coin

8 thoughts on “Week 5: Euthanasia; Two sides of the same coin”

  1. Hey Janine
    I feel that Euthenasia is something of a hard topic to unravel. Many people will have many different views on this, implications such as moral values, religion, human nature are all guiding factors to a stance on the matter. However, I feel that one shouldn’t be too objective about the matter, surely I can’t realte to a relative wanting to take his/her life but I imagine it to be something of much agony at first, as no one ejoys the death of someone close to you.

    I think that death is the only common thing we share, surely as equals, one should allow another to end his life, under the right circumstances of course. I think that Euthenasia is something people don’t really understand as it deals with something humans fear, and wanting to go to “fearful” place is seen as “crazy”. I do not think Euthenasia is okay, although I think to understand the concept, you need to be in anothers shoes, which unfortunately I haven’t been in. Until that time, I’ll steady “avoid” the topic.
    Keep posting

    1. Hi Um’r. I agree with your point about people avoiding the topic because it deals with something they’re afraid of. We see this habit all around us, even among students who are fearful of finding out a mark if they think they’ve done poorly. Better to avoid finding out than to know for sure and take action. I think that we need to have more conversations about the things we’re afraid of.

      1. Dumbledore (on Voldemort): “Fear of the name increases fear of the wizard itself”.

        Good point Mike, i think most of us are terribly afraid of the unknown, because we cannot anticipate it, and this over-thinking usually brings about more fear but once its over, we always seem to think what was all the fuss about

  2. Hi Janine. I like that you take the topic and immediately highlight the complexity and challenges we might find when exploring it. It’s so easy to write it off as black and white, my belief against everyone elses (and they’re wrong). I love that you relate this topic to the question: “What is the point of living, and living a good life?” because that’s essentially what a discussion about assisted dying is…a conversation about the value of life and of how we measure the value of a life.

    Remember that the “heavy” conversations are the ones worth having 🙂

    1. Hi Mike

      Most definitely!! what is the best way to tackle these “heavy” conversations in a rational and logical way without sounding blunt or hurting any ones feelings? Thats something i struggle most with

      1. Hi Janine. That’s a tough one. I think you need to have a good understanding of the person / people you’re talking to. They’re probably not the kinds of conversations (e.g. religion, politics, raising your children, etc.) you want to have with people you don’t know well. I try to be honest and authentic but also being aware of the possible difficult points that others may not agree with. I also try to keep an open mind, especially when they’re talking. I have a tendency to want to jump in and give my counter-point, which makes them feel like I’m not really hearing them, simply listening for a break in conversation in which to insert my “clever response”. I think it’s a skill that we all need to have, but which is difficult to develop. Let me know when you figure it out 🙂

      2. Michael =)

        haha looks like its going to take a muster of patience! but i understand where yo’re coming from. i think this is a skill which gets better and developed with age.
        ‘Cause right now I’m imagining my high school self in my pubescent years when everything was focused around, “me, myself and I” and i do believe I’ve come a little bit of a way since then.
        I’ll keep you posted, no doubt!

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