Hey, I did warn you.
Euthanasia's been a hot topic in the media this week, what with the Belgian twins who were euthanized about a month ago. The twins, who were deaf, requested permission when they found out that they were going to go blind. Apparently they couldn't handle the idea of never seeing each other again and a court agreed that they fulfilled the requirements of unreasonable suffering.
I'm very much a "make your own decisions" kind of person, but I'm not sure if I agree that they truly fit that category. Like most people, I find it hard to wrap my head around the idea of assisted suicide. It's such a grey area with so many chances for mistakes and abuses.
Were they going to suffer unmentionable physical pain that they'd never find relief from? No. Would they still be able to live productive and fulfilling lives if they so chose? Probably. But then again, am I really qualified to speak to the level of emotional pain and suffering they'd go through? Absolutely not.
I do feel sorry for their family though. It must have been awful, knowing what they were trying to do, then watching as they were granted permission. I'm not sure how I'd deal in a situation like that ... but I'd guess with a lot of yelling, arguing, crying, and emotional blackmail.
Regardless, I expect we'll be hearing about changes to the law in Belgium real soon given the moral dilemma it's brought up.
And how exactly would one go about getting a zoning permit for something like that?
One thing's for certain, I'll be sticking to the ferris wheel from now on.