I agree that each case has to be examined on its own

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and that some things should be forbidden no matter how much happiness they may bring. I agree that each case has to be examined on its own merits, but some cases should be dismissed based on a higher moral standing. I cannot support euthanasia as anything but a last resort of the terminally ill. The idea that euthanasia might become a catch all to remove any aspect of society that is deemed undesirable is so morally reprehensible that one would have to be a sociopath to justify it. In the end my theory comes down to the person suffering. I have been lucky enough to live a life where I have never faced such pain, I am blissfully ignorant of the gut-wrenching horror that decisions like this can wreck upon a person. I view this situation through rose colored glasses, unaware of what it truly means to contemplate the pros and cons of continuing a life in agony or to end it quietly. That having been said, I feel that is solely the choice of the person suffering, only they know what they are going through, only they know when they've taken all they can take, and only they can make such a tremendous decision. Of course, they should consider the feelings of their family, but these feelings should be secondary to their own, it is their life and no one should force them to suffer one more second than they want to, or to make them leave one second earlier than they intend to. The other philosophers may have a bit of a problem with my theory. Kant would say I'm not respecting the dignity of the human. I would tell him that by declaring some unbreakable rule, that he is disrespecting human dignity. Kant refuses human emotion, declaring that only reason should rule our actions, but humans are not machines. We can not just turn off our feelings, and at times we give in to them, it is simply unavoidable. The utilitarians care far too much for the happiness of those that are not suffering. Their intent may be noble, but to force someone to live a life that is nothing more than pain so that others may be happy is not just. The only opinion that should really matter is the opinion of the person that wishes to die, only they fully understand the benefits and the detriments. Deontology and Utilitarianism are about as different as two philosophies can be. One based
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A08473882 only on reason and duty, the other based only on the desire to bring about the maximum amount of happiness. The two provide completely different, and yet incomplete, answers to the question of euthanasia. Deontologists tell us that it is wrong no matter what, that we have a duty to life, to kill oneself is a grave insult to human dignity. Utilitarianism tells us that we need to see what makes for the most happiness in every situation. I submit that we have no place attempting to make rules, generalizations, or force our own opinions upon people who are experiencing things that we cannot even imagine. In the end we need to leave it up to them, and when they say that it is time, listen and respect their choice.
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