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Re: Assisted Suicide

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  • William
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    Message 1 of 8 , Nov 18, 2012
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      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "Jim" <jjimstuart1@...> wrote:
      > Bill,
      > Thanks for your reply.
      > You make a good point. I don't want to do anything which makes it easier for the state to decide who lives or who dies. As you and Mary argue, it should be up to the individual concerned to make the decision for his or her self.
      > I also acknowledge that you and Mary have more right to speak on this subject than I do, as your own experiences of serious injury and illness, and your more advanced ages, give you more of an insight into the issues involved.
      > Jim
      >Jim, that is a great attitude. I am watching a show about a group of mountaneers in their attempts to climb the sharkes tooth in the Himalayas. I climbed for seven years and got five peaks. It would seem the opposite of suicide but in many ways they share similar attitudes. The climbers need a level of existance that pushes at absolute survival . They will pay the risk of death to live at such a high level. The suicide victim refuses to live at such a dismal level of existance. From the extreme mountaineer to the terminally ill it is attitude that rules. The will to take great risks may be exceeded by the will to self destruct. I recently spoke with a career officer who is slowly degrading from a wasting syndrome. He is returning to religion to bide time but does not truly believe . he cannot adide the gun but sees it a growing probability. At the present time he just cannot fathom pulling the trigger. I consider that a greater terror than attempting a vertical pitch on some deadly peak. The readiness is all is what Patton advised quoting Frederic the Great and you are beginning the process of being ready. Have a great day and a joyful life. Bill
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