Skip to main content

Death on Desire

Death on desire is also known as “Mercy killing” and ‘Euthanasia’.

In Greek language, Eu means good and thanatos means death… Euthanasia meaning good death.

It is ending the life when one does not want to live. It is also known as ‘death without suffering’.

  • It is illegal in India and most of the countries of world, except Netherlands and Belgium.
  • Medical ethics and most of the religions forbid it.
  • Killing a terminally ill patient at his/her will is justified by few as it provides release from useless poor quality of life, saves economical burden and relives from emotional drain.
  • It is legal in war and as punishment by court of law.
  • It is active or by commission where lethal drug is injected.OR It is passive or by omission where treatment is not given for disease.
  • Voluntary: Patient requests and grants permission. OR Involuntary: Here person is unconscious, so cannot say. Legal guardians give consent.
(Ref: Dr. Swaraj Haldar, IMA Editor, New Delhi)

If you are above 70, physically depilated (unable to get up from bed and do your routine activities yourself) and suffering from terminal illness with no cure… your desire to die may not be wrong.

But if you have none of above and at any age, you may feel your search for meaning of life-living is over with conclusion that there is no or hardly any meaning of living-life… then?

How long one should live?
  • For 100 years of age?
  • Till the goal/ambition is achieved?
  • Till the offspring grows up and becomes independent?
  • Till you retire?
  • Till you lose interest in surrounding and so living?
Birth, marriage and death are accidents - planning, rationalism, desire and such other factors have no role to play.

Because male-female had physical relationship and the environment in uterus for sperm-ovum fertilization was optimum, you are born. Marriage is a second accident. I am omitting the discussion about these first two topics. Death can be acute-immediate-fast or chronic-slow- gradual-delayed. The discussion that follows is related to later said - gradual death.

What is an Instinct?

We have inherited desire to live long- as long as possible, irrespective of physical disability. All in living world - botanical and zoological - have common wish to live possibly longest.

Actually, we have been busy planning all the time for living and its outcome—so we have ignored death – missed the importance of death. We are never preparing oneself for death and so it becomes a great shock when we happen to face it all of a sudden.
What is Death?
  • Is it stoppage of body organs functioning - brain, heart, lung, kidney, blood circulation, movements and all that?
  • Actually what happens?
  • Does something live body—light-soul?
  • Is there any stimulus that orders to stop all the functions?
Science is yet to find out the exact mechanism of death.
  • So we cannot say - why one lives long or short life?
  • And why some fatal illness or serious accident does not kill one?
  • What controls body and leaves the control at the time of death?
Till medical science gives us answer, any imagination is not wrong - be it GOD or Spot of light.
  • After death what is our concern with one’s own body?
  • After death, what happens to all our intelligence-thoughts?
  • Last but not the least important is how much control or concern we have on all our assets/earnings? (All we have gathered troubling oneself)
  • If we leave everything including our body—what do we carry with us at all?
Answer is yet to be found out.

You may get some clue to the answer by observing the body and assets of near ones died recently.

If I say, everyone has to live one’s own life- though it is a simple sentence - very difficult to digest, understand and accept it as it means. Instead of living oneself, we are habituated to live only for eithers - offspring, spouse, parents, brother/sister or friends. If I say nobody listed here are yours forever, but yourself and your body till you live, you may feel insulted or sorry but fact remains as it is. Social formalities and customs demand caring them all, but you have to be simply you-yourself.

Just think of parents of your grandfather whom you do not know, similarly great grand children will hardly have any relations - relax.

Conclusion/summery is a question mark with variable reply from person to person, you have to ask and reply yourself. When should one desire death — welcome death? If you do not have physical fitness to live or if you have lost consciousness with doubtful reovery—would desire to prolong life?

Comments

  1. You have raised valid point but unfortunately in our country there is no debate on the subject, Religion coming in the way, I suppose. 'Guzarish' film made an attempt to rack up this topic but was met with a BIG flop tag!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. SR Ayyangar
      Thanks for showing interest in the subject.
      Thanks for the comment.
      I wish you send your views on this subject.

      Delete

Post a Comment

Optionally, you can also email your feedback directly to the author.

Trending This Month

Anavils - Endangered Species Among Human

After Parsis, Anavils (Anavil Brahmins, અનાવિલ બ્રાહ્મણ ) are the fastest decreasing community. The total population of Anavils around the world does not exceed two lakhs figure and that is also fast reducing day by day. Days are not far, beyond a century or so, when they will have to be seen/found in records, photos and videos. Why?


Because,
   - they get married too late,    - many are dying unmarried,    - they wait for the career to be settled before the first (and maybe the only) childbirth.

Learning To Say No, When You Usually Say Yes

Great damage is done to you if you say Yes when actually you want to say No. During a lifetime, we come across incidences in the day to day life where a critical situation arises and we wrongly say Yes instead of No. This is about the analysis of all circumstances telling and teaching us why do we say Yes, how should we say No and most importantly, what are the benefits of telling No.

Rahul & Shivani's Wedding

Whatever smartness or intelligence one has, to decide the probable attitude of future partner is difficult. So for the continuation of a marriage, adjustment and compromises are must, compulsory.


One has to marry because the law does not allow man-woman physical relations at random and society has laid certain norms of man-woman staying together. Though liberate present-day scenario allows live-in relations and physical relationship without much fuss, marriages are unavoidable.

Once decided to marry, the second question arising is the method – the technique of the wedding. How many persons to be invited, the place of the wedding, the menu and its preparation and the details of the function is the subject of this article.

Dawood Ibrahim - A Journey From Dongri To Karachi, Via Dubai

One of the recent off-bit topics I’ve read, this one book about ‘Mumbai Mafia’ has been the most interesting, well-researched and well-written. Here is an excerpt from Dawood Ibrahim's journey from “Dongri to Dubai”, and the six decades of Mumbai mafia.

Should You Visit The Taj Mahal?

Should I at all visit 'the Taj' the Taj Mahal?

Yes, it is a must, because we have the world’s best wonder (The best of seven wonders of the world) and nothing should stop you from visiting it. Let me tell what others say about Taj.

What do visitors say?

French traveller Bernier said, “Of all the seven wonders of the world (1) Great Wall of China 7Th BC. China, (2) Petra 100 BC. Jordan, (3) Machu Picchu 1450AD. Peru, (4) Chinchan Itza 600 AD. Mexico, (5) Colossian 80AD. Italy, (6) Taj Mahal 1648AD. India, (7) Great Pyramid of Geisha 2560 BC. Egypt., Taj is the best. How can I praise unshaped pyramids of Gaza or irregular long wall of China and any of the other fort after seeing Taj Mahal- a poem in marble?”

Who Is At Fault: India, Pakistan, Or Both?

India-Pakistan relation’s issue is a very complex subject and to summarise it in a 180-page book needs great skill. This interesting book ‘India Vs Pakistan: Why Can’t We Just Be Friends?’ written by Husain Haqqani caught all my attention. I also got an opportunity to present its review to my fellow members of the Senior Citizenship Club. Following their enthusiastic response to my talk, I now have this great urge to share the review with my blog readers as well.

I shall try by introducing the author, telling about different wars, what leaders of India, Pakistan and other nations tell and finally the conclusion.

The Author: Hussain Haqqani

Hussain Haqqani is a Pakistani, who is a former Pakistani Ambassador to the US. Not only that, he was also an advisor to four Pakistani Prime Ministers including Late Benazir Bhutto. The author is currently the Director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC. The authenticity of his writing increases because he is an aca…

Karmic Theory (Law Of Karma)

“Facing Challenges and Creating Destiny” by BK Shivani, Gurgaon
National Conference on Mind-Body-Medicine, Mount Abu.
August 6-10, 2010
What is Karma?

Karma is work or energy going out in the form of 1. Thought, 2. Word and/or 3. Action. Resultant return of energy is in the same amount known as Bhagya (Destiny). The role of God is to ask you to do Karma and to help you to do RIGHT karma. Then whatever good/bad karma you do, the result is accordingly and entirely your responsibility. Because the result is Destiny (Bhagya). So don’t blame anyone else or God for anything bad. Do not try to blame someone responsible for your own deed and its result.

Kankaria Carnival, Flower Show And Ahmedabad

25-Dec-2017 onwards, I had talked with my friend Anilbhai Desai on phone two-three times. Every time, he mentioned the worthiness of seeing Kankaria Carnival and invited us. But I was resistant to go. On 30-Dec-2017, while talking with Jayshreeben Desai, she also invited and insisted to visit Ahmedabad. So, my wife Bhavana and I accepted the invitation. In fact, when we need to face young generation people, we avoid out of fear of difference and generation gap. Even visiting close relatives and friends is not that pleasing nowadays, and so we avoid as far as possible. I had sufficiently interacted with Anilbhai's son – Darshan and his wife Shalu, so I could be little courageous to decide for the visit.