Bioethics Paper Topic 1
Legal vs. Immoral / Illegal vs. Moral
There are many things in this world that are legal but truly immoral. These are laws that we have to abide by but we may not actually agree with it for various reasons. There are also things in this world that are illegal but could be the morally right thing to do. Euthanasia is legal but is it immoral? Probably most of us have had experiences with friends or relatives who suffered greatly towards the end of their lives. In my opinion, there are limits to how far modern medicine can go alleviating this pain. I believe that euthanasia is morally wrong. The problem with this is that it puts happiness vs. suffering ahead of life itself. Arguments in favor of euthanasia seem to imply that life is only worth living if one is happy. The truth is that everyone suffers in life and we have the ability to endure it through positive thinking and focus. Those who want to commit suicide or to assist others in suicide are probably focusing too much on the suffering. Of course we all die eventually, but even a few more years is given the right determination and focus on the meaning of life. Friends and family of the terminally ill should never want them to die in order to end their suffering but should instead celebrate their lives and always keep in mind that the value of life is incomparably more important than happiness or suffering. Life is sacred and we should always seek to protect life and allow people to live until they die of natural causes. Is it illegal to run a traffic light or speed even if someone’s life depended on it? In my opinion, I believe that this would be the morally right thing to do. If you have to rush someone to the hospital because they were in need of medical attention I believe that it would be okay to speed and run through a traffic light. If you have to drive someone to the hospital and you’re sitting there at a red light and no cars are around I think it is safe to say that you...
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