It is hard for me to ignore such news like euthanasia of an unnamed woman who suffered sexual abuse from the age of 5 and 15, published by Dutch Euthanasia Commission, as a woman who wandered around the labyrinths of Western and Eastern societies and experienced the agony of being a woman.
According to Mail Online the Dutch woman suffered from post –traumatic- stress disorder (PTSD), severe anorexia, chronic depression and hallucinations as a result of the abuse. She wished to end her life despite improving her mental state after “intensive therapy” and doctors who believed her conditions were incurable agreed with her two years ago.
Let us analyse! What is the real issue here so far? There is a woman who was victimized by a man, neither whose name nor his crime has not even been mentioned in the news. If we look a little closer at the situation we realize that we have to scrutinize societal structure which allows men to use their manhood as wildly as they wish without any deterrent punishment. We have to interrogate the judicial system for solving the problem by not only legalizing the euthanasia but also sexual abuse in an indirect way. We have to question medical science for not being able to provide mental and emotional shift in the victim. We have to question family structure which does not allow members to heal one another with love but selfishly agree to cut the pain and its source off. We have to question the mainstream media for not taking responsibility to show us the real picture. I do not even want to bother to question theocracy that disempowers, devalues, fears human beings by saying : “ Only God can end a life.”
Euthanasia is one of the millions of other symptoms of the malfunctioning societal, governmental, political and in some cases religious structures in which we are forced to live disconnectedly and lovelessly in the name of non-existing freedom and democracy. In which individuals are constantly weakened, attacked with a great subtlety on the way of becoming a commodity but not really human. In which we powerlessly observe how our lives are made more and more difficult every passing day. In which we have no time for each other not even for ourselves but work in order to fit in this ill structure. In which we are all desperate for love but unable to love due to deliberately planted fear in dear souls of ours. In which we are encouraged to discriminate one another due to our differences in order to increase some’s profits.
Let us go back to the news and see what doctors, who profit great deal from dehumanized versions of us! Apparently they judged her to be “Totally competent” and found “no major depression or other mood disorder which affected her thinking,” according to Mail Online report. First of all if we take into account all her multiple conditions we can clearly see how totally incompetent this judgement is. After spending 12 years in soulless, totally commercial healthcare system run by overly empowered and proud medical consultants, I can surely state that no patient receives more than he/she pays. No patient receives more than any technical medical care. Hence today’s medical system is out of touch with human soul. It fails to provide sincere care with love and compassion.
A Dutch psychiatrist, Paulan Starcke said: “Euthanasia is a good death by the wish of the person who dies no-one-else,” Starcke also reported to Telegraph that even children as young as 12 who had asked to end their lives should be taken seriously. Really? Any compassionate, responsible person would first ask what kind of pathology causes 12 year old to ask such question. Euthanasia should not be glorified in the name of significance of humans will and freedom to end their lives but analysed to the point where we discover the stem cell of this cancer. Surgery, in our case euthanasia,of the cancer is not the solution.
However much it is glorified by Starcke or others either in the name of freedom which does not exist in other parts of our lives thus we are all diseased in one way or another,euthanasia is another way of devaluing our lives and dehumanizing us. In fact we need no one to die but we need each other to live. We have to cure our societal, judicial, political, governmental and religious structures that produce such anomaly which encourages us to die but not live. We have to learn how to love!