So many people talk about having empathy for others and wanting to be treated with dignity and respect. Many people also talk about how they treat others with dignity and respect, but do they? In general, I guess, most people make at least a superficial attempt to treat others with dignity and respect; however, in reality, it is exactly and only that: A superficial gesture. A case in point: Assisted suicide.
My father suffered through a long and arduous death that took at least 3 years. The hows and the whys don’t matter; however, had he had a choice, I know that he would have chosen a completely different path that would have saved his dignity and afforded him a far more respectable end to his life; a life that was filled with heroism, achievements, milestones, accomplishments and honor. Therefore, I know for sure that if he had a choice, he would have chosen assisted suicide, which would have afforded him that dignity and respect that his life deserved.
But, did he get this well deserved end to his life that he earned? Of course not, because there are people out there who don’t give a flying pile of jumping beans about the dignity and respect of other people. And, what’s their reason for opposing assisted suicides? Religion! Their reasoning: God gave us life, so god is the only one who can and should take it! What about those that don’t believe in god?! Why do these people have the right to impose on everyone their beliefs? Not only that, why do they have the right to dictate to us what’s right and what’s wrong? Is this how people express dignity and respect for others, they point a finger at others and tell them how bad they are and then dictate to them what to believe in and how to behave?
The last time I read the Constitution of the US, each one of us — that means everybody in the US — had the freedom to believe in our own beliefs; this is guaranteed by the first Amendment. Yet, the religious establishment and their followers prohibit us and bar us from practicing what we believe: The right to not only our lives, but our deaths. By allowing each of us to choose, not only our lives, but also the means to our deaths, we can all practice what we believe. The religious can cling to their beliefs that god exists and that he is the only one to give us life, so he should be the only one to take it and those that don’t believe in god can choose to end their life the way they choose; of course, as long as they don’t do so in a manner that harms others or bring harm to others.
As always, it is a matter of individual rights versus the imposition of one group’s view on all others. However, what’s most puzzling is that while the Supreme Court has defended every minority’s right to free speech (e.g., neo-nazis, white supremacists, and other racist organizations), they have not upheld every individual’s right to practice what they believe to be right, e.g., gay and lesbian marriage, abortions, assisted suicide, etc. This is not right and should be changed. In many ways, there are no more important philosophical issues than the preservation of individual’s rights to practice their beliefs, as long as it doesn’t harm others. If people truly care about the dignity and respect of others then they should start by respecting other people’s beliefs, period, full-stop, the end.
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