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  1. If you can work past Nitschke's gentle, but earnest underlying plea for redemption, you'll probably reach that part of the book where you question why you're reading it. Preaching to the converted! Who would read such a thing if you didn't already believe that in this modern world a person's control of their end of life choice was inadequate.If you go a chapter further, you'll find exceptional and respectful consideration of the debate on suicide, the health of the elderly, the rights of parents [...]

  2. Level-headed, with more Compassion than the Entire Pro-life MovementThose who take the view that compassion comprises "suffering with" others miss the point entirely. For starters, if everyone subscribed to that line of thinking, we would be bereft of even aspirin. That perspective is what led the ghoulish (and thankfully departed) "Mother" Teresa to withhold analgesics from her wards in India and elsewhere around the world. Funnily (but unsurprisingly) enough, she would not subject herself to t [...]

  3. Those who take the view that compassion comprises "suffering with" others miss the point entirely. For starters, if everyone subscribed to that line of thinking, we would be bereft of even aspirin. That perspective is what led the ghoulish (and thankfully departed) "Mother" Teresa to withhold analgesics from her wards in India and elsewhere around the world. Funnily (but unsurprisingly) enough, she would not subject herself to the same misguided "compassion" and "love" that she lavished on those [...]

  4. Anyone interested in ethics should read this book. It doesn't matter if you're a fervent Christian appalled by the idea of euthanasia, nor does it matter if you're already set on the idea that everyone should be allowed freedom of choice in all aspects of life. Nitschke has been labelled "Dr Death", in a manner that I think is both unfair and completely off the mark. On the contrary, I'd argue that his respect for life, human worth and dignity makes him just the opposite. It is his belief in the [...]

  5. Don't worry amici I'm not planning mors voluntaria, rather I'm reading this in preparation for a writing project/interview with the good Dr NitschkeOK, not exactly a 'fun' read - focussing one's attention on the unavoidable pain of death fast approaching all of us - I must admit I needed to go 50 pages at a time and then turn to a chapter of something more cheerful like The Fatal Shore or The Tyrant's Novel - but strangely comforting in that it not only poses the problem but shows that there are [...]

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