BBC documentry on assisted suicides 13th June 2011

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BBC documentry on assisted suicides 13th June 2011

Postby Kewiden » Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:32 am

Dear Terry,
you are to be congratulated on presenting a very interesting, disturbing and pertinent documentary. Whether you are for or against assisted suicides such presentations can only lead to more informed decisions if the consequences of such actions are known. One on the participants in the debate that followed the showing made the point that more suicides seemed to follow the showing of such programs - I think they made the point as a reason not to screen them but perversely it seems to me that this fact only shows that we underestimate how many people consider suicide as an acceptable alternative to a deteriorating quality of life.

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Choose To Die documentery

Postby DinkDinkDink » Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:59 pm

I sit here with big, salty tears rolling down my face after watching the documentary. I thought it was extremely informative, unbiased and incredibly moving. I was compelled to log on here for the first time in the hope Terry might see this post some day and know how much I LOVE his work and how many hours and hours of sheer joy his books have given me over the years. How many times I have sat in utter helplessness, laughing hysterically at his words. How many times I have not been able to sleep, turning page after page in bleary-eyed fascination, compelled to find out what happens next! I cannot imagine how hard it must be for him, knowing that one day he may not be able to share his words with us any more. I want him to know how much I adore him (not in a creepy way) and want him to continue to write for many many more years. What would I do if I were him? I don't know but if there is such a thing as re-incarnation I'd want to come back as a Nac Mac Feegle. x
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Postby Crystal » Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:06 am

Thank you Terry Pratchett for your documentary on assisted dying. No I won't use "assisted suicide" - it's intentionally depreciative.

I respect the choice of both, those who choose to go through their illness until the end, as well as those who choose to stop it when they are still in control.

There is so little we know about life.

Where could I start? A bit of knowledge says that we exist before and after this earthly life. It does not take a huge lot to figure it out, I guess, unless we decide that only exists what we can touch, hear, smell, taste, weigh and measure with our physical senses. That is pretty ignorant, but it's also OK to be at that stage in life. So, considering that we existed before we came to this Earthly life, and we are existing after we leave it, it may also be conceivable that we are here on a particular adventure, that makes sense in a bigger picture. And the multitude of individual adventures, I have understood it for myself, are each meant to do a single thing: to attune us to the frequency of Love. To open our heart, to make us function on this frequency. Anything is just there to give us the opportunity to do so. So this knowledge goes like that, that we are choosing the best conditions for us to experience love, to become loving creators, or creators of love ... And though some experiences are incredibly cruel, appear to make no sense at all, it looks to me like the people who are taking the challenge, are indeed developing into more powerful love.

This all to say also that:

Who are we to judge upon someone else's choice about his life and leaving this life? But a pompous ignoramus ...

It takes one to know the circumstances of facing the prospect of a slow decaying end, with all the implicit pain and suffering, distress, etc. It's always easy for those who are not facing such a situation to judge. They have the right to their opinion, which is ignorant of the magnitude of the situation. But they should not have the right to influence or even decide.

Making it sound like "an easy way out" is cynical: it may also be a gesture of courage to actively die.

It goes by itself to me that I am the one, and the only one, with the right to my life as well as the right to my death - with the choice of when and how I am leaving it, should I ever be facing such a choice. Obviously, taking into loving consideration my husband, my family, my friends: everyone who may be affected.

Thank you Terry Pratchett for having taken the difficult task of exposing yourself to what is still the ignorance of some people, to the prejudice, to the critics, while you have given everyone the opportunity to consider things in a different light.

Greetings from Switzerland :)
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Re: Choose To Die documentery

Postby Crystal » Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:15 am

DinkDinkDink wrote:I sit here with big, salty tears rolling down my face after watching the documentary. I thought it was extremely informative, unbiased and incredibly moving. I was compelled to log on here for the first time in the hope Terry might see this post some day and know how much I LOVE his work and how many hours and hours of sheer joy his books have given me over the years. How many times I have sat in utter helplessness, laughing hysterically at his words. How many times I have not been able to sleep, turning page after page in bleary-eyed fascination, compelled to find out what happens next! I cannot imagine how hard it must be for him, knowing that one day he may not be able to share his words with us any more. I want him to know how much I adore him (not in a creepy way) and want him to continue to write for many many more years. What would I do if I were him? I don't know but if there is such a thing as re-incarnation I'd want to come back as a Nac Mac Feegle. x


so well put, thank you :o)

I have gone through extreme circumstances, facing death, and experiencing the my eternal Being, the one also called Spirit, almighty, animating my body. Wherever he may be going, this is just a temporary situation, a passage: Terry Pratchett will have forgotten nor lost nothing of his talent and wonderful personality: on the contrary, it will have increased in the process. We lose nothing, we only grow, increase, improve, become ever more loving, ever more filled with light and radiant. And so do you, and so does Terry Pratchett.

These are un-religious considerations, btw.

To me, to be able to say "I know", it's worth all the "I believe" of the world.

And I know this for a fact: it's my personal experience :)
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Postby Roid » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:31 am

I recommend taking a look at openDemocracy's latest article, Euthanasia: a good thing?, for a look at the issue as it's seen in philosophy. It looks at some of the other forms of euthanasia besides the type in Terry's program, some of which are more challenging morally, and the philosophical arguments for and against them.
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why not sign the petition?

Postby Marianne » Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:38 pm

If you agree with Sir Terry, why no sign this petition

assisted suicide should be legalised

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epetitions.directgov.uk
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why not sign the petition?

Postby Marianne » Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:39 pm

If you agree with Sir Terry, why no sign this petition

assisted suicide should be legalised

on

epetitions.directgov.uk
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THANK YOU

Postby xyopea » Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:03 am

Dear Mr. Pratchett.
I'm living in a country where they use religious exuse of "sacred life" to keep people like me, who believe in allowing people the choice of death, from having that choice.
I work in a ward of ventilated patients. Each day I see them forced to live, even though they are comatose, septic, and all other kidns of unnecessary medical suffering.
Once famous people like you speak up for the dignified death, people start listening. What you, personally, did, was incredibly brave and I hope that it will be heard by enough "sacred livers" to make them think that DEATH is a gift from G-d as well.
Stay healthy, or ELSE...
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