(Observer) Desmond Tutu: a dignified death is our right ”“ I am in favour of assisted dying

This takes me to the question of what does it mean to be alive. What constitutes quality of life and dignity when dying? These are big, important questions. I have come to realise that I do not want my life to be prolonged artificially. I think when you need machines to help you breathe, then you have to ask questions about the quality of life being experienced and about the way money is being spent. This may be hard for some people to consider.

But why is a life that is ending being prolonged? Why is money being spent in this way? It could be better spent on a mother giving birth to a baby, or an organ transplant needed by a young person. Money should be spent on those that are at the beginning or in full flow of their life. Of course, these are my personal opinions and not of my church.

What was done to Madiba (Nelson Mandela) was disgraceful. There was that occasion when Madiba was televised with political leaders, President Jacob Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa. You could see Madiba was not fully there. He did not speak. He was not connecting. My friend was no longer himself. It was an affront to Madiba’s dignity.

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2 comments on “(Observer) Desmond Tutu: a dignified death is our right ”“ I am in favour of assisted dying

  1. driver8 says:

    The Archbishop earned a vast amount of credit during and after the struggle against Apartheid. It’s sad to see the profligacy with which he spends it on whatever is the liberal cause du jour. From saint to rent a quote in a single retirement…

  2. dwstroudmd+ says:

    Actions speak louder than words. Has Tutu volunteered or Carey, either of them, to forgo their use of CO2? or to move along to becoming “Soylent Green”?