Battin’s radical proposals aren’t usually made by U.S. assisted-suicide proponents because they know that our society has not completely swallowed the hemlock (as has the Netherlands).
“Cosmopsychism might seem crazy,” says philosopher Phillip Goff, “but it provides a robust explanatory model for how the universe became fine-tuned for life.”
When you look at the studies of why people decide to commit assisted suicide or be euthanized, a consistent pattern emerges.
Once a society agrees that killing is an acceptable answer to human suffering, there are few logical off-ramps.
My mother died of Alzheimer’s in my home last year. My uncle died of it several years ago. Believe me, I know what Alzheimer’s is like.