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Tony Nicklinson dies of natural causes

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http://www.bioedge.org/index.php/bioethics/bioethics_article/10202

Only a few days after his plea for euthanasia was denied by England’s High Court, locked-in patient Tony Nicklinson has died of natural causes. His family issued his last Tweet: “Goodbye world, the time has come. I had some fun.” (See other stories about his case here.)


I'm sure the Court let a sigh of relief, as they were proven "right", as in that "it was worth the wait" to deny the man of a decent, painless death, without having to bring the ethical burden upon them.

Which, I must say, I find hypocritical. In a world where getting violently killed is VERY easy, if only the man could travel into a war zone, walk into a dark alley and defy some muggers, or simply walk into e.g. a pub and offend the meanest-looking patron's mother.

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I don't understand how letting someone end their suffering is even an issue in modern times (part-rhetorical, I know why, but it still makes no sense). It makes me want to bang my head on the wall with frustration. Sad cases like this Gentleman's are what happens when you rob someone of their basic dignity.

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Surely in a world of voice activated electric wheel chairs and mystery bus tours to dover, death is easy to find.

These people need to get proactive. Suicide bomb vest and full speed ahead at the security at the paralympics, suicide by cop. This is not a matter for the courts, this is a matter for creative thinking.

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What the hell.

When people have that much pain, or that they are too old to be able to function even decently anymore and that they'd be happy to pass peacefully, content that they've lived their live or have seen/felt enough.

Why would you deny them of that? That's evil in itself. Just give them a calm, peaceful rest, but that's not possible with the sheer softness of some things we have today.

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Platinum Shell said:

Why would you deny them of that?

Apparently there's no distinction between "being alive" and "living".

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Platinum Shell said:

What the hell.

When people have that much pain, or that they are too old to be able to function even decently anymore and that they'd be happy to pass peacefully, content that they've lived their live or have seen/felt enough.

Why would you deny them of that? That's evil in itself. Just give them a calm, peaceful rest, but that's not possible with the sheer softness of some things we have today.

But it's a siiiiiiiiiin!

No, seriously; you're right. I envy my dog in this respect. The moment Schwartz stops enjoying life, you can be damned sure I'll be carrying him into the back room at the vet's for his final rest.

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schwerpunk said:

But it's a siiiiiiiiiin!

No, seriously; you're right. I envy my dog in this respect. The moment Schwartz stops enjoying life, you can be damned sure I'll be carrying him into the back room at the vet's for his final rest.


That's a very good plan. Unfortunately, one of my first dogs, Toby, decided it was his time one day, he was moving around real slow, he made sure i followed him and he tried to go down the stairs but the poor thing lost his footing and tumbled down them. He got back up and crawled onto the old cat bed we had (after we gave the cat to my friend), curled up, took a deep breath and went to sleep.

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