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Discussion 5 to Reflections on Ethics 38
The state should permit the dignity of death

by JT

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Three brief points:

  1. The state does not have unlimited resources. One way another, what the state spends comes out of its citizens pockets. Hard decisions have to be made about spending priorities.
  2. Dying with dignity is part and parcel of living with dignity. I have no problem with you having a different view from me of what constitutes dying with dignity. Just don't require me to apply your standards to my death.
  3. Patients on dialysis have active cerebral cortexes. Those in a persistent vegetative state do not. The mind is dead even if the body lives on. This is a qualitative difference, not a quantitative one.