PHI 200 Mind and Machine
Instructor: Peter Conis
December 12th, 2011
This story tore at my heart strings and it showed unbelievable courage and an amazing love between a daughter and her father. I can only hope that I would have the ability to maintain calm under the pressure Susan clearly felt and hope that I, too, would make the same difficult decision; let my love one live, until it is their time. It was the more difficult decision, but one I am sure was right for her, and one she can live with.
The only thing we are guaranteed in this life is death. Everyone will die. Yet, the majority of us will never know when that time will come. There are doctors who can suspect a time of death, or those who can estimate the limited time we may have left, but most will never know for sure. If I were in Susan Wolfs shoes, I would have probably done the exact same thing that she did. She thought through her options, made the important calls, even researched further to make sure everything was crossed, and still came to the conclusion to forego assisted suicide. Our methods may have been different buy ultimately we would have come to the same conclusion. I am totally against suicide in general. I believe it is a great need for power, and though it is often understood in cases where someone has lost all control in regards to their life and body, it is not a decision I would make for myself or my family.
Susan Wolf and her father had an incredible relationship. The respect and love is clearly made known in the way in which she speaks of him. Their bond was unbreakable and she was determined to stay by his side despite being away from her family. He became her immediate priority. Her bond with her father is much like mine with my mother. I, too, would have made the decision to forego an unnatural choice. I can only...