I just finished watching "Million Dollar Baby." Now before I begin, this is not a thread about the movie but if you haven't seen it and plan to, then stop reading..this will spoil it..
Anyway, I just finished watching "Million Dollar Baby," and the conclusion got me to thinking about how I'd feel if I ever got myself into Maggie's position. I wondered if I, too, would want to die if I had only marginal facial function, along with all of my brain. Certainly, the brain is the most important thing we have, and a person can do amazing things with one--but would a life of bedsores and motionlessness be worth it? Or, is it worth the risk to see what's out there after death?
Now, I know some are of the belief that there is nothing after death, and I can accept that. So I wonder how that would affect your decision in this case?
Also, there are those like me, who believe in a higher power. Some (or maybe all..I don't know) religions don't go for suicide, and would liek you to believe that you're damned if you do--but I feel like I'd be damned if I didn't...
That brings me to the next thought, which is something I've wondered as well, and come to pretty much believe at this point in my life; That God isn't as involved in everyone's business as we've always been led to believe. I feel like God intervenes when the natural progression of someone's life takes a turn that interferes with another plan He has in the works. I think that God doesn't just 'let bad things happen to good people' like we always hear, but rather allows life to progress, and gets involved when He feels the need. I also beleive that enough prayer can work wonders, but that's really for another discussion.
I also feel like science and medicine are doing almost unnatural things these days, and maybe we aren't always intended to survive. I mean, was Terry Schiavo really living, or was she just being kept alive? Was it her destiny to die as a result of her heart attack/stroke, and she was just kept alive by science and the courts? If she had been able to commit suicide, would God have felt the same way as the kid who hangs himself after his girlfriend dumps him? Does God really view a person's cause of death any differently, or only how they lived their life prior to their demise?
I know this is rather long, but all things considered..what would you do?