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Default Power over life and death. - 12-17-2010, 01:31 AM

This topic is largely to discuss the amount of control each person should have over their own life and how much power others should have to decide who lives and dies.

Among the things we should discuss here;

Should doctors be able to choose who to operate on? For example, if a poor immigrant and a rich hospital funder were both in the emergency room and desperately in need of surgery, should the surgeon have the power to choose which one he should save and which should die?

Likewise, should people in extreme pain be allowed to choose death? While I would never want to die, and would cling to life with both hands, I believe those who have no hope of recovery and no further reason to live should be allowed to die, and therefore skip straight over several months of slow, painful, pointless death.

Should governments be able to kill the people as they wish? Is it really for us mere mortals to judge who should die and who shouldn't? I really don't think it is. Besides, the monotony of living in a cage would eventually prove to be worse than death for animals guilty of murder, rape or other such atrocities.

Should the plug -EVER- be pulled on braindead or comatose patients? I don't believe that it's a choice anybody should make. People who need to be hooked up to life support systems should be housed in some sort of facility specially for them, not just killed off when they become a burden or clog up hospital beds. There really is no saying if these people can come back; and it's always worth waiting. Always.

It's a morally grey zone. Which means it largely falls to the opinions that I implore you to post below.

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