What puzzles me most is why death always shocks us. I mean it’s has been going on for a long time and you would expect people to have got used to the damn thing and move on. I don't understand what the big deal is anyway. Of course I totally have to take into consideration the fact that it won’t happen to me.
That's the funny thing about death. It always happens to someone else. Don’t believe me?
Those who have died please raise your hands.
See? Always somebody else.
Another thing is birth. You seem to have no say in it. Being a very small person, the story goes that, when my mother was pregnant with me, she sneezed while she was in the bedroom. My father found me under the dining table that afternoon. I had no say in it. There I was, suddenly existing due to a biological, chemical permutation which because of its regular occurrence had lost its wonder among people. Yet where there was nothing, suddenly I was.
No say, whatsoever.
This is why I am all for euthanasia.
When I first heard of it, I thought it was another continent which Columbus had missed. Then I was told that this is actually suicide but done legally.
Once I started focusing on the dilemma of death, I started to realize that there’s a whole circus dedicated to this. For instance, did you know that the legal systems of the world only recognize 2 states of human?
Alive and Dead.
Where does that leave Ozzy Osbourne?
Recently I put up a poll in my other site to ask readers to tell me their favorite method of death. You will be surprised how many of us want to pop off in our sleep. Personally I would hate that. Imagine going to bed and then not waking up or worse waking up somewhere else!
I really would hate it if I wake up one day and the person who brings me my bed coffee has a tail, horns and a bad complexion.
Being an Indian, I am kind of brain washed from the time I was in the womb about this whole reincarnation thing. In fact reincarnation is copyrighted by us. While the rest of humanity was lying around in their graves waiting for Jesus to get a confirmed booking for Judgment Day, and the others wallowing around amongst the numerous virgins (is that a virgin’s form of hell? You know, meat for one is poison of another kind of thing? Just curious), our Hindu souls were coming and going like eager Japanese tourists.
I think reincarnation is cool. I like that idea. I would like to shake the hands of the guy who came up with this scam.
Now the reason for this post. Yes, once in a while, I accidentally come across a newspaper and sometimes certain stories strike a chord. It happens.
Saba and Farah Shakeel are two conjoined Indian twins. Read about them. They are 16 years old. Now they want to die.
Actually they want permission to die. This is sad. Fate deals them a bad hand and now they have to get permission to die. Is it just me or doesn’t anyone else out there feels this is rubbish?
I have heard a lot of cons regarding euthanasia.
The moral argument. Before we go there, let us just consider what we mean when we put a moral prefix to things.
1. Of or concerned with the judgment of the goodness or badness of human action and character: moral scrutiny; a moral quandary.
2. Teaching or exhibiting goodness or correctness of character and behavior: a moral lesson.
3. Conforming to standards of what is right or just in behavior; virtuous: a moral life.
4. Arising from conscience or the sense of right and wrong: a moral obligation.
5. Having psychological rather than physical or tangible effects: a moral victory; moral support.
6. Based on strong likelihood or firm conviction, rather than on the actual evidence: a moral certainty”
Now, where does it say that what you deem moral is moral to everyone else? Well, if you don't want to kill yourself, please don't. But to stand in the way of someone else because your morals don’t permit it is, let’s say, a tad bit arseholeish. Just my opinion. No offence.
Make it legal. Introduce measures so that it won’t be misused by criminally intent individuals who want to snuff you out for financial gain. Oh, that already exists, doesn’t it?
And prevent doctors from borrowing organs. Actually that too seems to be going on. So what exactly are we trying to stop by not permitting people to die who seriously can’t handle being alive? Who are we to question them?
Permit humans, (I wanted to say life, but then I realized that ironically, we seem to have morals only in regards to human life. It is okay to put an ill or old animal to sleep. You don’t even have to say, by your leave), to have that choice.
To be able to choose when and how to die. Hopefully with some dignity.