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In regards to the problems of knowledge in the case of euthanasia how can we determine if we are acting in a good or moral way when there is a clear clash of ethical viewpoints?

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In regards to the problems of knowledge in the case of euthanasia how can we determine if we are acting in a good or moral way when there is a clear clash of ethical viewpoints? In relation to euthanasia the general consensus is split into two main groups: those in favour and those opposed. But the issue that makes euthanasia such a constant topic of debate is that both sides have the potential to present extremely clear and persuasive arguments in their favour. Those who support the practice of active euthanasia might argue that helping the terminally ill to bring about their own deaths, allowing them to determine the how and when, is not only humane, but also allows the person, who is simply "living to die," to maintain dignity by orchestrating their own end, thus letting them die at peace, rather than suffer to the end, perceiving themselves to be a burden and/or disgrace, to those they love. Those who are against active euthanasia would argue that by participating in the practice of active euthanasia, one is "playing God," or perhaps, even worse, that they are not acting out of mercy, but rather out of selfishness, attempting to lessen their own burden. ...read more.

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Of course this all depends on the individual with the ideas they have. Religion is a highly emotive topic with regards to euthanasia. In Christianity there are different opinions, the Roman Catholic Church and the people devoted to this church will see the suggestion of euthanasia like almost committing an act of heresy. It is absolutely forbidden. Under the catholic religion it is taught that life or anything that is bestowed upon us by God is sacred and should be worshipped and not destroyed. Therefore people who experience an upbringing that is influenced by the Catholic Church are predisposed to oppose euthanasia. This is different to a person with an Islamic upbringing, the Moslems agree that is a person is artificially kept alive and have no hope of recovering have right to euthanasia. However they believe that it is Gods will to keep the individual in the state that they are in but God could at any time intervene and cure the individual. Thus from a religious point of view the Moslem will trust God and will not intervene with his work. The Jews are more open to the topic of euthanasia, however the Jewish community has concluded that euthanasia cannot be an option because according to their God life cannot be shortened. ...read more.

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If they are no longer able to make this decision it is up to the relatives to decide one the matter, but how can they make a well-informed decision, their opinion will be biased based on different perceptions on the situation. The Doctor will help in the decision but he himself will have a hidden agenda behind the advice he gives to the people involved. There can still be no conclusion to a question, whether Euthanasia should be accepted or not. Psychologists, philosophers, doctors and everybody else, will consider this question for all time. One could argue that anyone who is terminally ill should have the choice, but to all rules there are exceptions, and to something as serious as this, there shouldn't be. In the end it all comes down to the individual making up his or her mind about this heated topic. It is thanks to free will that people are able to do so and that the individuals are able to choose to follow the opinion of their surrounding or if they will oppose to it. The arguments are there to persuade one, but personally one has to choose which side of the argument is more valid to the individual. 1 ...read more.

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