I’ll make this article short and get straight to the point: Euthanasia is the deliberate killing of a person’s life, and so is murder. Yes, you’ve all heard of that before, and it sounds pretty clichéd now. I may appear naïve here, but let’s say for instance we get rid of the arguments pertaining to how euthanasia is justifiable.
First off, we focus on the term “killing,” and every time we hear it, negativity would always fill our minds. Nobody would want to see anyone get killed, except maybe for sadists. Generally, nobody wants to get killed and nobody should want to kill—and nobody should kill. I believe that killing is very much frowned upon in most societies.
What is this so-called “mercy killing”? Well, basically, it’s still killing, but out of mercy. Thanks, Captain Obvious. The thing is, the main method of mercy killing is ending one’s life. Imagine getting high grades in school—yet your method for doing so is bribing your teacher. And that’s Machiavellian; which means by our creed and our morals, we cannot simply accept that sort of mindset.
In Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, the main character Raskolnikov kills the pawnbroker, Alyona Ivanovna. If anyone read the book, the main reason for Raskolnikov doing so is to test his theory that there are men which aren’t bound by law but merely by their own conscience. The reason, however, why he chose to kill Alyona was because the pawnbroker was a detriment to society. Thus, by killing her, Raskolnikov would also be doing the world a favor.
But was this murder justifiable? In any case, it wasn’t, and it could never be. The belief of “the end justifies the means” falls flat, as what is shown in the later parts of Dostoyevsky’s book. And I believe so that this is also quite true for euthanasia or mercy killing. It’s still killing, after all, even though the patient wants to be put down.
Having yourself euthanized is tantamount to suicide. Of course, we all know that suicide is a grave sin since it is an act of murdering yourself, as condemned in the Ten Commandments. I guess that’s enough to rule euthanasia as an immoral act which goes against the natural law.
Again, speaking from a perspective where we simply start from scratch and not considering all the other arguments which would seemingly justify things like euthanasia, it still boils down to two things: To preserve life, or to end it.
And from there, which one will you pick between the two? Your call.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.ignitumtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/jaredavatar-2-e1317737695228.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Jared Combista is twenty-one and comes from the Philippines. He writes about the Church, touching on the topic of distributism although he still considers himself a student and not a scholar on the economic philosophy. He writes for Verum Nocet, as well as his personal blog, The Secular Catholic. He also plays music and he has no idea how that has to do with anything.[/author_info] [/author]