Re: Two letters on assisted suicide.
Why should the majority of the population have a law on the books for the benefit of a very small group who want to be assisted in their suicides? They want a law passed that will plague the helpless for many years to come, i.e. The Netherlands has a 13 per cent of "involuntary assisted suicides." Pandora’s Box, once opened, is not closed again. It is extremely naÄŹve to think otherwise.
Psychology Today, July/August 2013, relates the stories "of four brave souls" by Polly Morland, excerpted from her book The Society of Timid Souls. One story is about Hal and Fran Finney. Hal has ALS. Read the story of courage of both Hal and Fran. He is not narcissistic and cowardly enough to think of suicide. He is thinking of his wife and the time that they have left together.
Tim Andrew et al, if open-minded, may want to read up on the work of Dr. Harold G. Koenig, professor of psychiatry at Duke University. He has written many books and conducted solid research. He and his fellow "researchers conclude that there is good evidence that religious involvement is correlated with better mental health in the areas of depression, substance abuse, and suicide; some evidence in stress-related disorders and dementia … ."
If a person has led an empty life with no meaning, no hope and nothing to hang onto, pain may make life totally unlivable and suicide is sought. However, there are many people who work through far worse pain but they have the courage to live on. I know.
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage." Anais Nin.
Mike Balaski, St. Albert