Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Freedom to die - 3

Another high-profile case of assisted suicide: a British couple, Edward and Joan Downes (the former a distinguished British composer) committed suicide with the assistance of Dignitas, a Swiss organization that assists voluntary exits from life.


Even as I write this, modern societies and governments around the world continue to withhold from its citizens the most fundamental of rights - the right to die at will.

Our collective tendency to desist others of our breed from dying by choice seems to be residue of a primitive pack mentality - members leaving the pack reduce its collective strength. To keep others alive, by force if necessary, is a sentiment that is similar to, and as perverse as, that of the East German regime that shot people who attempted to cross over to the other side.

You did not choose to be born; you cannot choose to die.

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