End of Life Essay examples

2168 Words Oct 2nd, 2010 9 Pages
Kristin Adler
Contemporary Moral Problems
December 15, 2009

End of Life

I would like to start off by answering two questions: “What is a person? and “What is death?” When I started looking up a definition for “person” it amazed me how many different variations there are. I feel that a person is one that is recognized by the law and has rights and duties. A person also has the moral right to make its own life-choices and to live without interference from others. Death is an eternal termination of all vital functions. The website death-and-dying.org says “death is the cessation of the connection between our mind and our body”. I do agree with this statement with the thought that when death occurs our consciousness leaves the
…show more content…
Normative ethical relativism claims that each culture’s beliefs are right within that culture, and that it is impossible to validly judge another culture’s values from the outside. So what the norm is for our culture is what is accepted. So this does not agree with my views, since our society is a life driven culture and frowns on ending any person’s life.
Ethical Egoism is a moral theory that states that each person ought to act in his or her own self-interest. This is the view that best fits my ideal recommendation on the issue of early termination of life. By letting the dying patient decide what is best for them and giving that person total control of how and when they will die goes along with the ethical egoist’s position.
An article from “The Honolulu Advertiser” dated December 13, 2009 “Attempted killing puts issue of terminally ill back in spotlight” shows to what extent a dying person or a family member will go to. When someone you love is in extreme pain and does not want to suffer any longer, you no longer consider “Is this legal?” or “What are the consequences of what I am doing?” “Court documents say Yagi shot his wife shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday at Castle Medical Center. He used a shotgun round from a flare gun, police said. Yagi has no criminal record in Hawaii and he has been released on bail.” Dennis Arakaki, a former legislator who serves as executive director of the Hawaii Family Forum and the Hawaii Catholic

Related Documents

rawley high- das erste semester | compressed air system ... | Berkshire Partners: Bidding for Carters