Man's suicide to be shown on TV in UK...

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  1. rbell

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    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2019734.ece

    OK, synopsis, then question:

    Man is dying from paralyzing nervous system disease (sounded alot like ALS--Lou Gehrig's--to me).

    He decides to end it all by drinking a lethal sedative coctail. (He did this in Switzerland, where it is legal).

    His reasoning: he didn't want to die, but he didn't want to, as he put it, become completely paralyzed, and be a "a living tomb ."

    OK, questions:
    • What do you think of it being televised?
    • Would you be tempted to commit suicide if you had a horrible disease?
    I think televising it causes nothing but problems.

    I must admit...I think it would be wrong to do so, but I could see myself fighting the temptation of suicide if I were diagnosed with something such as Alzheimer's. It's more with me that I am a very independent person, and I would hate to become the burden I know I would.

    Like I said, I don't think it would be right, but that would be my struggle.
     
  2. mcdirector

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    Suicide issue aside, I can't see anything good of airing it.

    I don't have time to properly address the other. I'm in between classes.
     
  3. Jim1999

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    The problem is there will be copycats from the viewing, and maybe for different causes.

    I went through it when I suffered my strokes, paralyses, no speech, unable to rad coherently and not knowing what day it is. Yes, I considered letting myself go and eventually die...not to the point of actually taking my own life.

    Three people, besides my family and church, stood beside me an encouraged me to work at getting these losses back to useful functioning.

    It took three years of hard work and struggle, but I did preach a full sermon to the day of my first stroke. I learned to walk without a cane, speak enough to be understood,,,most times and I can read again beyond the first paragraph.

    My typing went to discover and land, but at least it is functional.

    So, there is always hope if we learn to deal with what we have rather than dwell on what we have lost.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  4. Jon-Marc

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    What I see happening is more suicides as people want their "15 minutes of fame" as they end their miserable lives. It will be the one time that they get noticed.
     
  5. webdog

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    No, it should not be televised. What purpose is there in televising it? What can be gained by it?

    As to if it's right, no...but unless we are put in that situation it is real hard to condemn him for doing it, especially if he's lost. Lost people act like lost people. I would put my hope in God in getting me and my family through it, but I'm sure there would be some temptation and doubt from the fleshly side of me.
     

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