If someone prompts you to kill them, and you do as they wish: Are you responsible or not?
To call a doctor-assisted (or probably nurse-assisted - they usually have to do the dirty work) "mercy killing" "assisted suicide" is a big distortion of reality.
Suicide, done by oneself, completely by oneself, decided by oneself, administered by oneself, is a whole different moral category IMO.
I would say that shutting off life-sustaining machinery to let nature take its course is yet another different category. A difficult one, making it not easy to clearly distinguish dark and bright on many occasions, I guess.
In my opinion the idea of a "right to die" is ultimately similarly nonsensical as a "right to be born". Karma is what drives the wheel of life and death. Our actions have brought us to the situations where we are.
Anguttara Nikaya 5.57 wrote:"'I am the owner of my actions, heir to my actions, born of my actions, related through my actions, and have my actions as my arbitrator. Whatever I do, for good or for evil, to that will I fall heir.'
Anguttara Nikaya 5.57 wrote:Subject to birth, subject to aging,
subject to death,
run-of-the-mill people are repelled by those who suffer
from that to which they are subject.
And if I were to be repelled
by beings subject to these things,
it would not be fitting for me,
living as they do.
Theragata 14.01 wrote:I don't delight in death,
don't delight in living.
I await my time
like a worker his wage.
I don't delight in death,
don't delight in living.
I await my time mindful, alert.
I agree with that.shaunc wrote: ↑Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:26 pmIt's good to hear from someone that would rather get their ethical advice from from Buddhist suttas than get caught up in the flavor of the month.Nicholas Weeks wrote: ↑Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:58 pmCorrect - as Buddha in the Sutta-Nipata put it:TharpaChodron wrote: I've wondered how it's viewed from a Buddhist standpoint. I'm pretty sure it's a no-no...
Laying aside violence toward all living creatures, both the firm & unfirm in the world, one should not kill a living being, nor have it killed, nor condone killing by others.
The allowability of doctor-administered "mercy killing" shows to have some really bad side-effects, as illustrated in the quite on-topic video linked here earlier:
The hippocratic oath (which seems quite in line with Buddhist values to me, and quite on topic) that doctors used to take, but health insurance companies probably not, seems to be losing relevance, and with practices like the above, falling into complete disregard.Nicholas Weeks wrote: ↑Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:22 pmAs far as doctors are concerned, I would hope they would always follow the First Do No Harm oath. Here is a group that still adheres to that oath: https://www.acpeds.org/physicians-are-h ... -killers-2
This is a truly sad state of affairs.