Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Group 2 (The Philosoraptors) - 2/10
Today, our group decided to discuss the question, 'do you want to die before you get old?' None of us really had a solid 'yes' or 'no' answer, mostly because the question really hinges upon whether your life is worth living when you get old. Specifically, do you have grandchildren to watch grow up or do you still have a spouse or friends to keep you company and make life enjoyable? If so, life would be worth living! This naturally led to the negative aspects of aging, like losing your independence. Most of us agreed that life isn't worth living once you've reached a point of deterioration where other's need to help you with your basic bodily functions (that's putting it mildly in comparison to the contents of our discussion!). What's kinda' sad about this is that old folks, who truly have nothing to live for, are unable to undergo assisted suicide (at least it's sad to me and a few members of my group). I think this would be a tantalizing conversation to have in class or on the blog; that is, why is medically assisted suicide illegal? This question not only applies to suffering old people, but also sick people with diseases that are going to kill them anyway or people with diseases that make life worse than death.