The Next Great Civil Right
The Right to Die
Most of us in this country will die some sort of managed death. Someone will inevitably make
decisions for us about our treatment as death approaches. Why not have that someone be YOU!
There are currently three organizations in the USA promoting the right to die:
Final Exit Network (FEN) (http://www.finalexitnetwork.org); Compassion and Choices (C&C) (https://compassionandchoices.org), and Death with Dignity National Center (http://www.deathwithdignity.org).
Additionally, there are 45 member organizations, as of March 2012, representing
25 countries of The World Federation of Right to Die Societies (http://www.worldrtd.net). If you want more information, justification or rationalization about the right of self-
determination at the end of life, see any of the web sites listed above.
The only such active groups in Tucson and Green Valley are the local Final Exit Network (FEN) groups. If you want me
to speak to your group about this issue, or want to contact Tucson FEN, please click here.
David Hume said (in his Essays on Suicide
and the Immortality of the Soul): “That suicide may often be consistent with interest and with our duty to ourselves
no one can question, who allows that age, sickness, or misfortune may render life a burden, and make it worse than annihilation.”
After the sentence quoted above Hume adds “I
believe no man ever threw away life, while it was worth keeping. For such is our natural horror of death”, and Schopenhauer
makes the same observation “But the terrors of death offer considerable resistance….”
Schopenhauer was also confident about the rationality of suicide, “It
will generally be found that, as soon as the terrors of life outweigh the terrors of death, a man will put an end to his life”
(Parerga and Paralipomena).