The Humanist Tradition (Winter 2017)
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Humanities 102: Worldviews (Champlain College St-Lambert)
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I think that all countries should legalize assisted suicide. I think it should be a human right to have the choice to pick whether to live or not. In our society, we are really focused on saving the person and sometimes we do not necessarily take the time to understand the patient's thoughts and feelings about his or her condition. I think that if there are no ways out, meaning that no medication or surgery that can save the person, the person should have the right to die. Nobody should go through that much pain, it is inhuman to let a human being in this difficult state. However, if there is a way out and if the disease can heal in a short or long term, I think that the patient should give it chance because it might workout. But in the end, I truly think that it is the patient's decision and that no one should make someone suffer and go through a lot of pain.
Great article about the new law imposed by Trump. I would like to answer to your critical question. I do not think that we can achieve what we work for in our lifetime, meaning that women will never have the full control of their own body. This question has a direct link with gender equality, and I do no think that women and men will ever be equal because people like Trump are stopping us from achieving this goal. First, I think that we need gender equality before getting to the goal where women can be responsible for their body because without gender equality we cannot achieve that. However, our world today did make some huge improvements concerning this issue. It will get better and better. For examples, new laws have been imposed in countries to respect human rights (ex: legalizing same-sex marriages in some countries). We are getting there, but there will always be an obstacle I think.
I feel like Act 149 should not have ever been able to get voted in. According to First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, this is a clear violation of its rule on the separation of church and state which reads that no law should ever give respects any given religious beliefs.
How this act came to be despite the Constitution is quite worrying, but I digress. Thank you for bringing this into light; it's well stated.
Love the topic! I think it's super interesting
It is absolutely true; as you mentioned in your text, that feminism is similar to humanism since they have the same objectives I would personally say that feminism is a part of humanism. In fact, humanism promotes all kind of equality, freedom and human rights including the rights of women. In that sense, I would say that feminism is integrant part of what humanism is. Humanism is the mixture of all the movements that works for the individual freedom and rights. Therefore, the civil right movement, feminism, religious freedom movement and all other pacifist movements could be considered humanistic.
I think that is absolutely true. To answer your question: Why men participate in this kind of protest? I will say that a truly free society is one where all the individuals are free. In that sense, there is no real respect of the human rights if not all the people’s rights are respected. Therefore, black’s rights are human rights, LGBT’s rights are human rights and of course Women’s rights are human rights. We should always aspire to a society that respects the rights of individuals regardless of their sex, ethnicity, nationality or sexual orientation
Abortion is a much contested concept, but I think, as you said, that it is unthinkable abortion as illegal and even more when only men decide of it. I find that contradictory that people think young parents as irresponsible and not present enough for their children but are against abortion. Indeed, if abortion is illegal, girls who haven't finish high school yet and become suddenly pregnant will have to sacrifice their future to try to take care for their child. Then, some people find that horrible that a child doesn't eat enough and has her mom working all the time because she needs money. How can that teenage girl be able to raise a child with no money when even adults have difficulty raising children? Women should have the right to decide if they will be able to raise their own child.
I think we should allow doctor-assisted suicide. Indeed, there are many cases just like the one you described where the decease that a person is facing is too painful to imagine. It is difficult to imagine how hard it must be to have difficulty breathing for days. It is not everyone who has the strength to face such hard times. It is understandable that a person might want to end their lives instead of living with unimaginable pain all over their body and then die at the end. Some people might not be able to take the decision of living or dying, but a list of people close to the sick person could be made and they could talk about what is the best thing to do. Humans are not made to suffer that much pain and an assisted suicide should be an option to consider at some point.
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