The word “Euthanasia” comes from the Greek word “Eu” which means goodly or well, and the word “Thanatos” which in turn means death. So in truth the word euthanasia literally means “good death.” Euthanasia is the practice of ending a life so as to relieve an individual from an incurable disease or intolerable pain. All human beings should have the right, with sound mind, to end their own lives in the most efficient way to cease suffering from interminable pain.
Any discussion involving the ethics of voluntary euthanasia must begin by asking if it is okay to ever kill a human being. Many people reject the idea of euthanasia saying that it allows people to play God. They do not believe that the God given right of life should be thrown away so carelessly. In Christian belief, human life is ultimately God's gift, and is surely not owed by Man to himself. At the same time, life according to the will of God is also Man's duty. (Kung ) What Hang Kung says here is that man has sole responsibility of his gift of life, to do with how he chooses.
What we need to do to fully participate in this controversial debate is to put aside the imposed preconceptions taught to us over the years. Not all humans relate to Christianity, so we must open our debate to other religions as well. The best way to achieve this is leave God out of the whole equation all together.
What makes it unacceptable to kill a human being? Some might say that killing someone ends whatever good events life might have in store for them. Yet take into consideration, what if someones future only consisted of a terminal disease and unbearable pain. Would you subject your mother or child to excruciating pain when an end was so near in sight? I personally would not be able to witness my family or friends in so much pain. I would do whatever is in my power to relieve their pain, especially if the person in question was asking for it.
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