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There are many sides to the dilemma of whether or not

euthanasia should be carried out. There is the question of morality, the

question of active versus passive euthanasia and the question of when

euthanasia should be put into use. None of these questions are totally

cut and dry. There seem to be more gray areas within this issue than

there are black and white. Yet when you look at the problem on a personal

level with the actual individuals involved, some of those gray areas

almost disappear. People are put on this earth to live. When it gets to

the point where the quality of a person's life gets so bad that they can

no longer function in the world, there is no reason to force that person

to stay alive. Euthanasia is therefore a necessary evil for those whose

practical life is in effect over due to a terminal illness or otherwise

life devastating condition.

If a person is in unbearable pain and close to death or is in a

vegetable state and no longer able to function, their life is by all

practical means over. There is no reason to keep them alive. The only

way to end their physical life is by euthanasia. The question is whether

to do this by way of active euthanasia or passive euthanasia. Many are

against active euthanasia because in this case you actually kill the

person rather than letting them die. But both methods are used for the

same end which is to end someone's life without further pain for the

patient as well as for the family. The only choice to make after this

fact is established is which of these means better carries out the end.

James Rachels, a philosophy professor, says that, 'if one...