THE CHOICE OF EUTHANASIA 3
TheChoice of Euthanasia
Although there are religious and cultural perspectives on death,famous ethicists have widely deliberated on how humans should maketheir life choices. The society’s view of euthanasia as thevoluntary choice to end one’s life is rather controversial. Theensuing discussion evaluates the morality of euthanasia as providedby the Kantian and Utilitarian theories (Scherer, 2010).
Active euthanasia emanates from the terminally ill patient’s choiceto end their life. In The Greatest Happiness Principle, thetheory of Utilitarianism active euthanasia since it ends thepatient’s pain. It gives the sick person a right to pursuehappiness. Consequently, it is imperative to allow patients make achoice to end their agony. Theirconstant pain relies on others to satisfy their needs and therefore,euthanasia removes the burden placed on other individuals such thefamily and friends. In addition, the personal choice to end lifeprovides the greatest happiness to the greatest number. Also, theKantian ethics theory observes that intentions of an act are moreimportant than the act itself. In such a case, the purpose ofeliminating pain overrides the act of euthanasia (Merino, 2012).
Mystery chosen and why
The morality of euthanasia remains a mystery as it brings thequestion about the worth of human life. It is an important issuesince suicide is considered unethical and asking a doctor to assistin ending someone’s life is incongruous. Clarifying the moralimportance of euthanasia changes the perception of the societytowards the issue (Merino, 2012).
Euthanasia provides the greatest happiness by meeting the needs ofthe patient and eliminates the burden on family and friends.Consequently, humanity should accept the use of euthanasia as morallyright by observing its intentions as opposed to the act itself(Scherer, 2010).
Merino,N. (2012). Assistedsuicide.Detroit: Greenhaven Press.
Scherer,L. S. (2010). Euthanasia.Detroit: Greenhaven Press.