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anyway, getting to my point:
if life is miserable, or painful, and without hope of improvement, death is a comparative improvement. It's the state of Non-Being. But depression or grief can make it seem hopeless, when in fact there IS hope. So I think the law shouldn't approve assisted-suicide, mercy-killing, or euthanasia, unless it can be PROVEN that the pain cannot be assuaged. Which is a tall order, because who wouldn't feel a lot better after, say, a dose of heroin? I admit I don't know what I'm talking about, but it seems there's a drug for everything, these days. Or maybe going fishing, or skydiving, or eating a delish meal with a friend? Surfing, comedy clubs, sex, exercise endorphins, i dunno- travel, a crime spree? go nuts! if you're dying, anyway, you're pretty much free to go to town! And I realize we're all dying, but for me, reading a couple thousand (of the BEST) books and trying to live a long, happy life is preferable to going out in a blaze of glory (or infamy). But that's just me. I'm not recommending transgression, but maybe it's preferable to death, and could reduce suffering, for you. You could change religions, make a bunch of new friends. If you don't care if you die, you could become a mercenary, and fight for something you believe in. Maybe before allowing assisted-suicide, the patient has to complete a series of experiences (rollercoasters, drugs, meals, shows, what-have-you), before being declared legally hopeless. If insanity is a legal term, maybe hopeless should be, too (!)
Also, I wanted to say that either we treat animals like humans, or humans like animals, because really, in my view, there's no difference. If we put dogs to sleep, then why not humans. But if we take all possible measures to improve the lives of our dying pets, then we should do the same for the dying (homeless, say, or any other fellow human being on planet earth, suffering). If we're carnivores, then why not eat people, too. Killing a pig is just as immoral as killing a person, in my view. Some pigs are smarter than some people. But intelligence has nothing to do with it. Obviously, we shouldn't eat retarded people. If we're human, we should be humane. After euthanasia, we can eat our hopeless friends. I'm kidding, I think. Something to chew on.
I think too many people who are suffering want to inflict their pain on others. This is wrong. We should always and everywhere be trying to improve our lot. Animals' lot. Humanity. The Universe. Love should be our goal, not a blind extinguishing of suffering by eating barbeque and blowing ourselves up for Allah. We're all in this together.