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Death is much visible today than it was earlier on. In this modern world people die in the enclosed environment of hospitals, removed from contact with their relatives or friends. Many people see death as the end of an individual life, not as a part of the process of the renewal of the generations. The weakening of different beliefs has also altered out attitude towards death. For us death tends to be a subject that goes undiscussed. Some people take the decision of facing the final stages of one's own life, and the others just tends to take the easy way out, like requesting for euthanasia.

An eighty seven year old woman in a respiratory, a newborn child with AIDS, and a father in a coma; all put to death by respectable doctors with the agreeing of their families, but is it really okay? Euthanasia, or doctor assisted suicide, has become as common as jumping off a fifteen story building or taking the gun to ones head.

Certainly society frowns upon suicide, but yet putting an old lady or a man in a coma to die is being accepted everyday. Society knows that suicide is bad, but euthanasia is even worse. The guilt and blame of a lost life is falling on the hands of the doctors that we are supposed to trust, and even worse, the family members themselves. A doctor is to be known as a healer, and not an agent of death. A family is supposing to love and support, not kill and inherit. Every person makes the light of the world brighter. The world needs everyone's power and contribution. It is the power and the energy of the elderly, and the strength and will of the ill, which gives the world life. The light has...