I was in a conversation the other day about how hard of a decision it must be to tell the hospital to pull the plug on a loved one. I can’t even imagine how tough that must be emotionally. But are their immoral ethics behind pulling the plug for, say, Christians?
I have heard arguments that pulling the plug is effectively ending a life, so therefore it is murder. I don’t particularly agree with this belief for a variety of reasons. First, in many cases, the accident that places someone into intensive care is usually so horrible that it would have naturally killed the victim. However, our technology is at a state where we can still keep that person alive (despite being brain dead). Still, I would argue that keeping them alive does not mean they are living. The spark of who the victim once was is gone entirely – the world is dead to them, and they are to the world.
We keep our loved ones alive, despite all indications that they will never recover, because it is so hard to let go; we hold on to what we hope to happen. If someone asks me if pulling the plug is murder, it is evident that it is not. The motive (in most instances) comes from love. It is accompanied by feelings of intense sadness and despair. Hardly the nature how we define murder.
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