You have no rights except what the government recognizes. Put that in your libertarian pipe and smoke it.Jesse wrote:Depends on the situation, however, what right does anyone else have to interfere with such a decision? People think they have rights over other people's decisions, and when it comes to decisions of this magnitude, really nobody has a right to an opinion other than the person in question.Grigoris wrote:Not really an unbiased and objective judge.Jesse wrote:The only judge of when suicide is acceptable is the person deciding to do it.
Do you really want society (in it's ignorance) claiming to have authority over your life, and death? I would rather not live in such a world, and such a world could not exist. If euthanasia is not legal, that simply means people will commit suicide on their own. Risking harm to others, and risking putting themselves into unbearable circumstances, such as a coma, brain damage, etc.
In the end, people have all rights over their own lives, and any attempt to impede on this right will only cause more harm.
To make this clear, I am not talking about suicide in relation to mental illness, where in most people actually want help, or to get better. We are talking about suicide in cases where the person has very few to no alternatives except to suffer tremendously until their natural death.
But that has nothing to do with Dharma. The Buddha has no rights.