They then of course have to consider if the family

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unhappiness with life is so great that it outweighs the happiness of his family and friends if he survived. They then, of course, have to consider if the family and friends unhappiness regarding the death would be even greater than the unhappiness felt by the sufferer. The strength of the Utilitarian point of view is that it allows for a person to fully interpret the moral ramifications of euthanasia on a case by case basis. There may be times when the best option for everyone’s happiness is to allow the suffering to just end, and there may be times when euthanizing is simply not acceptable. The problem with utilitarianism is that it is almost impossible to estimate the results of something as complicated as euthanasia. The amount of time it would take to calculate out
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A08473882 every possible configuration of happiness from everyone's point of view is simply staggering. A utilitarian would need to be able to appreciate the levels of guilt associated with prolonging someone's pain as well as the guilt of choosing to help them end their lives. All of this is on top of someone'.s anguish and the possible benefits of its permanent removal. In my opinion, no one could ever hope to defuse such a complicated issue and say that one way will clearly lead to greater happiness, there are simply far too many deeply seated emotions at play. However, Utilitarianism’s greatest fault is that it can be used to defend some truly heinous deeds. A seemingly depraved society can be supported by utilitarians so long as happiness outweighs unhappiness. In the case of euthanasia there are people that would use it for far more than just a peaceful death for those in agony. Whereas Kant draws a clear and distinct line saying it is evil, no matter what, Utilitarians are free to interpret based on the happiness of the society. If it raises the overall happiness of the society then euthanizing entire races could be justified by utilitarianism. This is an extreme case to be sure, but it is the kind of exploitation that utilitarianism leaves itself open to. My own view, as is to be expected, falls somewhere in between the unwavering Deontologists and the irresolute utilitarians. I feel that Kant is wrong to say that a person is always wrong to choose suicide as an option. On the other hand, I believe in fighting until the bitter end, until all other choices have been exhausted, and even then hoping against all the odds for a late game save. I absolutely do not condone surrendering to that endless sleep unless you have done everything that you could possibly do. I suppose that I agree with Kant to a certain degree, in that I believe you do have duties that must be performed and that if you do choose to end it all then you had better have performed them all. Unlike Kant though, I acknowledge that someone may have a greater duty to themselves, or even their family to end the pain for everyone's sake.
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