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Old 06-03-2006, 06:24 PM
Toddy
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Right to die??

Hi everyone,
Does anyone here have any spiritual views on euthanasia. I saw a program on it recently and it got thinking quite alot. So what do you lot think. is it right or wrong?
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Old 06-03-2006, 08:21 PM
silver swan
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Hi Toddy.
I have very strong views on this subject after watching my mother in law die of cancer. She said that if someone had offered her a drug to end it all, she would have taken it as she was in so much pain. It should be made legal. It is heartbreaking to see a loved one suffer. Everyone should have the right to choose for themselves.
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Old 19-03-2006, 04:33 PM
Maarkandeya
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One problem with euthanasia is that its legalization could potentially lead to substantial abuse. Can you imagine parents being asked by their heirs to leave the world earlier in order to preserve the inheritance? There is no issue that is clearly "right" or "wrong". Each situation is unique.

While I believe that people should have the "right to die", I am not sure at this time how I would vote if euthanasia was submitted to a public referendum.
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Old 19-03-2006, 08:34 PM
Red Sky
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This is not a good subject for me to get started on really so I'll try to be fairly brief. My views are strong on this subject. My mother had a massive stroke which left her comatose and virtually brain dead. She was on life suppport for nine days and the hospital nagged me constantly about pulling the plug. They called me at home. They plagued me when I was at the hospital. It was the hardest decision I ever had to make. I just don't think any of us have the right to choose over life and death. It's just a very difficult topic. I just couldn't believe how insensitive the hospital staff was regarding my mother's condition. I don't think it would have been so easy for them either if it had been a member of their family.
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Old 24-03-2006, 04:31 PM
sennacharib
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I think that it is persons right. as if they are going through alot pain, i can whole heartedly understand them wanting to take a drug to end it all. It should be down to the induvidual.
lovely to read everyones views xxx
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Old 15-04-2006, 09:25 PM
eogz
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I agree with Sennacharib, it has to be an individuals choice. We hear about Living Wills, where a person can state at which point they would like to be "unplugged" or assisted with their suicide (a dirty word). I suppose if it was legalised here, I feel that everyone should be able to make a choice and state it via a living will. Then all pressure is off loved ones, hospital staff and even the courts!
Whether a person would be punished spiritually for it, i don't really know. But if our creator is love and understanding, wouldn't we be forgiven for wishing to end suffering?
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Old 22-04-2006, 08:14 AM
feohgoddess
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I need to study up on this ALOT more than I have in order to have an opinion.
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Old 01-05-2006, 03:23 PM
sprite
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Originally Posted by feohgoddess
I need to study up on this ALOT more than I have in order to have an opinion.

Feohgoddess hun, your opinion comes from the heart, knowledge comes from study and interaction, theres no right or wrong opinion just unique to the one who gives theirs
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Old 03-05-2006, 11:19 AM
psychic sue
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What about suicide? I don't mean for a physical reason, I mean when someone just can't go on with life? Do you think that is OK? Does anyone think suicides are "punished" as some orthodox churches tell us? I'd like to hear views on this.

Sue x
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Old 03-06-2006, 03:07 AM
Pounamu
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What about suicide? I don't mean for a physical reason, I mean when someone just can't go on with life? Do you think that is OK? Does anyone think suicides are "punished" as some orthodox churches tell us? I'd like to hear views on this.

Sue x
Hi Sue -
I know the "orthodox" view is that suicides are punished - I have heard, by having to live out their days (which were planned before birth) on the etheric planes (really an upper area of the physical plane), and not be able to complete the death process until done. When my wife asked me to assist her to do this, I refused, thinking at that time that if she had learnt all that she needed to learn from the experience, her I AM Presence would withdraw her; and who was I to interfere with that? I feel differently now, although would still find difficulty in providing such assistance... Urkkk!

However, I believe that in all our decisions and actions, the most important thing is the INTENT which we had in mind. If the reason behind suiciding is the conscious intent to avoid a lesson, then I would say that we would be held in the lesson until it was absorbed (whatever experience that required). If suiciding to make things easier for someone else, it would likely not cause such an interruption of the normal course of the death process.

I don't think a blanket statement can be made that would cover all circumstances, except to say it will depend on the individual and their intents at the time... ours not to judge their actions!

I believe that in ancient times, when people lived to a ripe old age of 2000 or more, and felt they had cleared all karma they had made in that life and done all they felt they needed to do for that sojourn, they could and would intend to be free of their body - and die in their sleep. People today who have ascended to a certain level can also die simply by intent to do so; it is up to them to be aware of their motivations and the likely consequences of doing that. I guess the same could be accorded to those who are not able to will themselves to die by intent, but are finding the body too painful or incapacitated that continuing to live is simply prolonging a nightmare for everyone concerned - then I feel no blame can be attached, if indeed it is proper to attach blame in any case (I believe it is not our place to do so). The fact that relatives may be saddened to see their loved one go is simply due to a lack of understanding of the death process (and perhaps a bit of selfishness!) For death is a gateway; it is not the end; and if people really believed that, they wouldn't perhaps be so clinging. Animals in the wild know this instinctively, and, we are told, view death quite differently from humans, who usually cling to life like.. dear life!

Cheers,
Pounamu
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