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The Grim (or Kind) Reaper


A few weeks ago, I wrote that I consider all life precious. So where does death fit in? Is the “reaper of death” grim or is it instead, kind? I suppose that depends. In my view, a natural death can be a blessing. Just like any mechanical device we use until it wears out, our bodies are meant to reach a point where they no longer function effectively and should be discarded. Modern medical practices can keep bodies alive long past their usefulness, for years, in some cases. Should individuals have the right to decide when to end their life? In the earliest of times, the question never came up, as nature took care of that for us. With advances in medicine, we can extend life far longer, and the question became relevant. In most communities, by law, those with terminal illnesses are denied the right to end their life on their own terms. At times, elderly people are not allowed to die a natural death but are kept alive, perhaps against their will, by loved ones who are unwilling to lose them quite yet.

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Posted by on May 15 2018. Filed under Editorials. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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