The view from the from the 4th floor, originally uploaded by use2blost.
According to the House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics, the precise definition of euthanasia is "a deliberate intervention undertaken with the express intention of ending a life, to relieve intractable suffering".*Well.
This has become more than intellectual. The DNR protocols here at the Houston County Medical Center have three levels of `Letting Someone Die" The questions I am asking are:
- Is letting someone die all that different from euthanasia?
- Are one or both of these Okay?
- Is this analogous to other moral issues? (for instance, murder is bad, letting a murder occur when you have the power to prevent it is bad as well...They are on the same side of the Good /Evil line. Is euthanasia/DNR like that...both on one side of the morality coin, U.S. law nonwithstanding?)
- Where are you with all of this Christopher? Whats your opinion, and why?
- Does scripture speak to this?...More importantly, does God speak to this? (remember...God and scripture are not synonymous. Can you say idolatry?)
- Is there a protestant interpretation?
- Does it differ from the Catholic?
- Do you give a shit about 6 and 7?
- What does it mean that you are to determine these things for a retarded person? What defines your responsibility in this situation?
- Is this a good reason to have a cigarette ?