Euthanasia is seen as the last thing to do if a person is diagnosed with a terminal, incurable disease. There is no choice left but to end his life with mercy, usually involved using medicines that put him to eternal sleep. This allows all the pain to stop at once.
The debate of euthanasia is not so simple, however. A strong supporter of Euthanasia is Ludwig Minelli, the founder of Dignitas, an organization that help people commit suicide. Minelli claimed that the critic of euthanasia is full with terrible pretense that is cruel to people who wish to end their misery. He even proclaimed on Sunday Times Magazine that he plans to build a chain of death center, much like Starbucks with a store around every street corner.
Minelli believes that if some people wish to end their lives, for whatever reason, then it is their choice. He also believes that instead of stopping them, or condemning them, society should provide them with information on how to effectively end their sufferings. So instead of leaving people in misery, or ending their lives in a horrible ways, Minelli and his organization try to help people achieve their death wish in the most comfortable way.
The whole organization is founded on the belief that if a person no longer wishes to live, then there must be a significant reason behind their decision. Suicide is their decision and a way to embrace death by choice.
Dignitas is also reported to admit that they actually help end the lives of people who are not terminally ill. Minelli commits to never say no to a person who asks to end their life. With these claims, Dignitas and Minelli might face questioning but they remain firmly believe that they only try to provide relief people of their sufferings. With his philosophy, Minelli represents an odd, but strongly recognized idea within the for-euthanasia cause. His beliefs resonate with a lot of other supporters in the claim that each person should have the right to decide his or her own fate, be it death or life. This, claimed by Minelli, is one of the most fundamental human rights.
Although his method is questioned by many people, Minelli’s believes is not quite unique. In fact, among the supporters of euthanasia, the argument for individuality is the strongest, believing that if a person should have the right to his or her own body. This apparently resonates with the suicidal group, even though this group doesn’t necessarily have terminal illness.
The argument against euthanasia focuses on society as a whole. They argue that by allowing this practice, the entire social norms and regulations will be turned upside down and creating chaos. There will be loopholes which people can take advantage of to abuse or misuse this concept for their benefits, of just for their whim.
Minelli’s belief and the pro-euthanasia movement instead focus on the rights of individual. To them, what is most important is to ensure the rights and the happiness of individuals before arguing about the abstract concept of society. A person has the right to decide his or her own life and death, and if the life they are living is too miserable, it is more humane to end it rather than prolong the suffering.