Originally posted by dryhump
Kevorkian championed self pity and cowardice... If he had run tv ads they might have gone like this: "When you get done pissing and moaning about the lemons life gave you, call me and I'll take care of it. Lemonade is for suckers."
If a person is terminally ill, which those who seek euthanasia are by definition, then I think it is a matter of considerable bad taste to pass complacent judgement on how they choose to respond to that situation. Even more so to suggest they seek to distill "lemonade" from the horrors of cancer or Alzheimer's.
In such horrible circumstances, both a decision to meet death at once, and a decision to endure suffering until they meet a natural end, can be taken to be courageous acts. It is impertinent to dictate how people should respond to extreme suffering, or to use terms such as "self-pity" and "cowardice" when it behoves others to approach such cases with pity and understanding.