The right to die

My Sister’s Keeper

Anna was genetically engineered to be a perfect match for her cancer-ridden older sister. Since birth, the 13-year-old has donated platelets, blood, her umbilical cord, and bone marrow as part of her family’s struggle to lengthen Kate’s life. Anna is now being considered as a kidney donor in a last-ditch attempt to save her 16-year-old sister. As this compelling story opens, Anna has hired a lawyer to represent her in a medical emancipation suit to allow her to have control over her own body…

I asked Clara, why do we choose to live if we aren’t happy? And she said, because it makes others happy.

Both present us with the same question. Who do we live for?

A common response towards suicide: You were too selfish. Did you consider how we’d feel?

To that, I would say: Have you considered how he’d feel alive? Is that not selfish as well?

I look up slowly, and unwrap this gift Campbell’s just handed me. What if Kate wanted to die, so that I could live? What if after all these years of saving Kate, she was only trying to do the same for me?

Is it selfish to want to live for yourself? For that matter, is it selfish to want to die for yourself?

Interestingly, euthanasia comes from the Greek words eu, meaning good, and thanatos, meaning death. Literally, euthanasia means good death.

Tim


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