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Should we have the right to die?

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Should we have the right to die? Legalised by the Netherlands, condemned by the Middle Eastern countries and debated by the rest of the world, euthanasia is one of the most disturbing issues in the history of mankind. One's right to die refers to one's will or choice to die, due to illness. Should we have the right to die/ should doctors help their patient when their patients want it/ in the debate of permitting the right to die, one most consider the social, individual and national aspects of the issue. In my honest opinion, Man can never place death in his own hands. Euthanasia may seem to be necessary. By allowing euthanasia, natural resources of the country may be drained. Just imagine how much it would need to support a man in coma. Family members will need to pay for the patient's treatment, lie support, medical bills and hospital stay. ...read more.


An example is Mr. Sebastian Lim, who suffered from a terrible heart disease. Many times he was found by the nurses of the hospital trying to kill himself by trying to jump out of the window, or even trying to cut his wrist with a knife. He claimed he was in intense pain and only thought about dying. If a man like Mr. Lim successfully kills himself, the problem may be solved for him, but if he gets into more pain, the result is clearly not worth the afford. If Mr Li had chosen to jump, he may not die but end up crippled. He will need more treatment, because he is now in more pain. Another way out for Mr. Lim is to ask a second party to help him die. If this takes place, the debate will get even more complicated. If a dying man asks somebody, his doctor or even his relative, to help him die, then the question "Is it murder?" will arise. ...read more.


Rather, it gives a cowardly alternative to end the battle against pain. If we choose to kill ourselves, then lie would be lived in vain. We did not choose to live, and life was given to us. Hence, we have no right to throw it way. In this sense, our life is not ours; it belongs to the one who gave us life and who have mould it through experiences that we share. How can we simply throw life away, when it is not ours? By taking our own life, we are actually trying to say that we are masters of our own fate and in the process, play God, without any considerations for those who have contributed to our fate by being a part of our lives. In conclusion, I am of the pinion that we should not have the right to die as it undermines the sanctity and value of life. We should live on courageously and make the most of what hope life has to offer. ...read more.

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