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Zetetic Elench dam Kahveh (Golden Rainbow)

Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 07:18 pm Click here to edit this post
"I personally believe that suffering can be beneficial, but this comes out of my personal religious belief."

Yet you are willing to force that belief on someone who might not share it. If somebody makes a conscious, willful decision that the suffering they endure is not beneficial to them, would you deny them the right to choose the circumstances of their death? This is the implication implicit in your belief.

As Austia notes, enabling Physician Assisted Suicide does not force people to take that option. You would still be free to choose to suffer. I, however, am not free to choose euthanasia as Britain has not yet legalised it. Small numbers of people with terminal illness make the trek to the Netherlands or Switzerland where it is legal. As in Oregon, it is a right that is exercised by few, and those that do so, do not exercise that right on a whim.

"In the Darwinist view, there is no meaning to life beyond continuing the species, so there can be no meaning to suffering."

Precisely, there is no meaning to suffering, so those that face further suffering should be able to choose to end it sooner rather than later. Whether there is a meaning to life is, to my mind, irrelevant. There are Darwinian theories of moral evolution and altruistic acts (which are observed in other mammals and primates in particular) which suggests that life need to have an intrinsic meaning for morals to exist. Stepping away from religious moral ideas, it means that discussions such as this are vitally important in determining what a moral course of action is.

We have not merely swapped opinions. I feel I have adequately explained my opposition to the inflexible moral position that euthanasia and abortion are Wrong, no matter what the circumstances. You should seek to justify your position that, at root, they are morally wrong actions.

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