Warning: If anyone is squeamish about the topic of death, stop reading now.
I am in a Contemporary Morals Philosophy class where we discuss many of the moral issues of today such as the death penalty, abortion, and euthanasia.
Today was the beginning of our discussion of euthanasia, and let me tell you, what a way to start off a Friday morning.
Our professor put in a film for us to watch called How to Die in Oregon. Oregon is one of the few states in the United States where you can legally end your life by medication. It’s called the Death by Dignity law. This film highlighted people who have either chosen to end their life and are in the process of getting the medication to do so, or those who had people close to them chose to end their life by this method.
I was literally speechless watching this film. I found myself with my mouth hanging open at some of the things I was seeing. I would look around the room to see if other students had the same expression on their faces because some of the things said in this documentary were just outright bizarre.
Many times I teared up listening to these people’s stories. Other times I wanted to turn around and ask my teacher if I could leave because my stomach was doing flips.
I want to emphasize the fact that I am writing based on my own opinion on the matter and respect and welcome others’ opinions on this topic, as well. However, seeing just half of this film made me realize that I am really repulsed by the idea of “death by dignity”.
We walked out of the classroom when the class was over and I turned to BF and said “I hated that! I wanted to leave the classroom after the first scene!” (The first scene showed an older man taking the medication to end his life, and then watching him pass away slowly).
Right now I’m at a loss for words and feel really horrible after watching that.
Has anyone else seen this documentary?