February 12, 2009

Euthanasia!

Posted in English, Reflections at 12:22 am by Rou...

A thread of emails on the topic of Euthanasia started a few days ago on PTP. It so much reminded me of something I wrote back in college time, particularly third year in college… it was merely an assignment in my English Language section that required writing an essay about any argumentative subject… I cannot really recall the reason I chose that particular topic, but I do remember the debate that it caused afterwards in the following section…

 

And today, reading all those responses to Camel’s questions, I just thought of sharing what I wrote back then with you guys…

 

I know what you’re thinking of now, how come I still have it…

Well… I am one of those who never let go of any piece of paper they learned something from or wrote something in…

I still have notebooks from school time… J

 

Anyways, in all cases, please bear with it if it sounded a bit naïve… and remember, it was written some 7 years ago…

 

Camel, thank you for bringing up the subject…

 

Have a good day,

Rou…

 

 

 

 

Euthanasia, commonly known as mercy killing, is a very serious matter that has been a subject of argument for a relatively long time. Some people are with, and for sure, some are against. It has some history that may extend to the mid centuries, especially in Europe. For then, most of the serious diseases and injuries had no cure, and people went to churches for healing, and a large number of cases were to be sentenced to death, just to have mercy on them, and at time, the sick asked for that fate themselves to avoid pain. Nowadays, we have some diseases that cause much pain, and the most famous of all is cancer… and the debate continues…

 

People who are with the mercy killing, who are mostly scientists, believe that it is only for the sake of man. They believe that people who suffer, ought to have rest. They sometimes take the delegation from the patient while he is still in full conscious to relieve him when the pain starts to be unbearable. Other times the patient’s family or relatives are the ones who ask for this. People who support euthanasia sometimes defend their opinion by saying: why do we permit and accept mercy killing of animals to end their pain, although they cannot decide for themselves, and when it comes to man, we oppose this action, although man does have the ability to make up his mind and decide his actions…

 

On the other hand, people who are against believe that mercy killing is forbidden, and should never be allowed. They believe that it must be left to God to decide when to take a man’s soul. It is always said that this suffering and pain is nothing but a test from God to know who will bear and be thankful, and we will be crossing lines if we permit euthanasia. They say man has to face his destiny without any interference from other man especially in matters concerning life and death. They say we can do all that we can to treat the illness, or maybe decrease the pain, but people shouldn’t try to go any further by taking the decision of killing. Also, they sometimes say that if a man permits to be killed, he becomes more like committing suicide, and this makes him a sinner…

 

Personally speaking, I am against mercy killing. As for those who say that it is for the sake of man, I would say that God is merciful, and He sure knows all that happens on earth, and only Him can decide to end a man’s life…

 

I believe that if God brings us to it, He will bring us through it…

 

 

Rehab Ragaee

December 2002

 

 

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