Now that I've officially Over The Hill and a whole decade past my Logan's Run sell-by date, health and end-of-life issues concern me more. Getting old, in the abstract, doesn't terrify me. However, the prospect of some mental and physical disabilities — dementia and blindness, for example — scare the shit out of me.
That's why the issue of the right to die, and assisted suicide, still interest me. I've had a living will since shortly after I watched oral argument before SCOTUS in the Cruzan case. I do not intend to spend the end of my life in needless suffering. So the plight of popular fantasy author Terry Pratchet — and his recent plea to permit assisted suicide — is quite moving to me.
Life is easy and cheap to make. But the things we add to it, such as pride, self-respect and human dignity, are worthy of preservation, too, and these can be lost in a fetish for life at any cost.
I believe that if the burden gets too great, those who wish to should be allowed to be shown the door.
In an America where provisions for end-of-life planning are spun as a sinister euthanasia plot, nationwide developments on this point seem unlikely. I'll need to look out for myself. If it comes to it, surely some of you out there would be willing — if not eager — to smother me with a pillow.
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