By Dana AbouDargham & Ghinwa Tarabay
American Community School
Mrs. Nada AbiSamra
Life is like a racing track, but the only different thing about it, is that you never know when it ends, and this makes it a mystery. Everyone knows that life is doomed to end someday, but how, no one will ever know. It is human nature to question about and fear the end of the road. Don’t you ever wonder how, when, and where you are going to die? There are million of people dying every second of every minute, in different ways. Scientists spend their time researching about death, doctors work hard on finding cures for sicknesses that might lead to death, policemen try their best in order to prevent death, while everyone else sits waiting for their time to end, and for their candles to burn out. Don’t you ever wish your life could last forever without dying? Our group chose the theme death, for it is an important and interesting topic. Death is important in the way it revolves around everyone, and in the way it is found everywhere. Likewise, death is interesting because there are so many factors that lead to it, and at the same time, so many ways to prevent it. It is necessary for everyone to understand the meaning of death, how it affects people, and what people have done to prevent it. One factor that leads to death is euthanasia or assisted suicide, and the other issue is capital punishment.
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
Mrs. Nada AbiSamra
The reason for choosing this topic is to investigate more about what the term “Euthanasia” means and to find out what people think of it. I also wanted to find out what the government has done in order to solve this problem.
1. Is God the only one with the right to take lives away even though they are nearly gone?
2. Some people think God is the only one with this right.
3. Other people believe in euthanasia. Euthanasia is the intentional killing of a human being for their benefit.
4. Thesis Statement: There are several types of euthanasia, and each of them has taken the governments’ and people’s attentions.
1. There are several types of euthanasia:
a. Voluntary euthanasia.
b. Involuntary euthanasia.
c. Active euthanasia.
d. Passive euthanasia.
2. Laws passed regarding euthanasia:
a. The Anglo American Law.
b. The Nazi Euthanasia Program.
c. The New York Supreme Court.
3. Euthanasia in the United States:
a. Citizens of Oregon approved of euthanasia under limited conditions.
b. Death by injections is not permitted.
c. Assisted suicide and euthanasia in Florida.
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
The reason I chose this topic was to investigate more about what euthanasia and assisted suicide mean and to find out what people think of these issues. I was also curious about this topic, since it is a significant problem in society, and since it influences the lives of others a great deal.
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
There are people dying every second in so many different ways. Some are murdered or killed, while others die from diseases. The majority of people think God is the only one with the right to take lives away. However, there are few who think differently. Those, who don’t think God is the only one with the right to take lives away, believe in Euthanasia and assisted suicide. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are similar in many ways and yet different. Euthanasia is the intentional killing of a human being for their benefit and assisted suicide is when someone guides and helps another person towards death for their advantage. The reason for choosing this topic was to investigate more about what these two terms mean and to find out what people think of these issues. I was curious about this topic since it is a significant problem in society, and since it influence the lives of others a great deal. There are several types of euthanasia, and each of them have taken the governments’ and people’s attentions.
Types of Euthanasia:
Euthanasia and Assisted suicide in the United States of America:
In the United States, euthanasia and assisted suicide have taken the eyes of the government and the people. In Oregon, they were tolerated however under restricted conditions. Only pills were permitted while injections and other methods were forbidden to be used for death. However, pills were not a good idea because they did not lead to death. Most people would vomit the pills instead of consuming them. Others would end up in a coma in reaction to these pills. Thus, the most successful way in achieving death is by injections. In other words, this law in Oregon was very ineffective.
It is clear that euthanasia and assisted suicide are important matters that have involved most governments and almost all people. These issues not only engage a massive number of people but also concern human lives. So many have died unwillingly just because they faced a medical problem that may have been severe. Other requested death instead of enduring the pain, however they were not capable of killing themselves because the law forbade to. Many unfair judgments have been made concerning euthanasia and assisted suicide. And these judgments have led to the death, torture, and suffering of many lives.
Some people think that humans must not suffer and must die in peace, so they choose to take out the plug of an ill patient’s breathing machine. However there might be a chance or a certain probability for the sick patient to wake up and live again. Other people think that when life gets a bit tough, and they catch some sort of a deadly or painful disease, they should give up hope and stop fighting for survival. Hope should never be taken from anyone and people should always have it. I think the reason for people giving up on life is a lack of hope in them and self-confidence. The whole point of life is appreciating it and knowing its value.
The Governments’ Ineffective Actions:
governments’ actions towards euthanasia and assisted suicide were ineffective.
First, it took a long time for the authorities to pass laws regarding
euthanasia, and when the laws were finally
People were not well informed about euthanasia and assisted suicide. These issues were not taught to students in schools. Furthermore, the governments did not discuss these topics with the citizens and take their opinions. Instead, they passed laws after laws. Discussing these matters and teaching them to people would have enriched people’s information and would have changed people’s views towards them. The ill patients would have probably thought harder before choosing to die or to live. Therefore people were not well informed about these issues.
Euthanasia in Lebanon:
Lebanon, euthanasia and assisted suicide are not such big problems. However,
there are a massive number of biases towards ill patients that contain aids and
other deadly cancers. Some people in Lebanon assume that an ill person is
almost a dead person, so they take away his dignity and respect. They do not
realize that there is still hope for the sick person and he or she might not
die. Science, and all the surveys done are all generalizations. Each individual
is a different case and might turn out to have a different result than the
conclusion, all types of euthanasia are important subjects that have been
taking the government and people’s concerns for the past decades. As you
see, some people choose to die, while others choose to live. Some people keep
fighting for survival, while others lose hope and give up. In the end,
everyone’s life is doomed to end, and God is the only one with the power to
allow that to happen. I think life is a journey with holes and gaps that we
have to jump over, and if we happen to fall into one of these holes, we have to
try our best to climb out and see the light again. Life without pain is
In conclusion, death comes in different ways such as capital punishment or euthanasia. Death is the final stage in everyone’s life. Everybody expects to die since death is written for all. We start our lives differently and in the end, we end them differently. Death is an issue that scholars, popes, authors and people wonder about daily, and not a single person has forgotten to ask him\her self in curiosity, “How will my life end”, or “Where and when will my life end.” Therefore you can say that death is the mystery of life. However, we still wonder if anyone would be able to find the right or the most accurate hypothesis about this issue.