“When I analyze this particular topic from a purely human, rather than a journalistic, point of view, all kinds of contradictory feelings emerge. Taking one’s own life is such a drastic and irrevocable step that a part of me cringes at the mere thought of it. But on the other hand, if we are indeed masters of our destinies, then the manner in which we choose to die should be a personal decision. Interestingly enough, we do not deprive our sick and suffering pets of a merciful death. Isn’t it cruel not to extend the same compassion to human beings?”

 

(Helena Bachmann, USA Today, “Voices: Defending Switzerland’s Right to Die Law,” 9 Aug 2015)

Masters of Our Destinies

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