Theasst speak numbers, in life as in death! “In Germany, more than 9,000 people take their own lives every year,” according to the multiparty movement “Promoting suicide prevention and enabling life with self-determination,” which was presented to the German Bundestag yesterday, along with three draft laws on first reading after the Constitutional Court The federal ban on commercial euthanasia was repealed two years ago.
The Karlsruhe decision also includes the following message: “According to a third expert assessment, mental illness poses a significant risk to the free decision to commit suicide.” Thus about 90 percent of fatal suicidal acts are mental disorders, particularly in the form of depression, which occurs in 40 to 60 percent of sufferers play a role. Is not clinging to life itself sick?
Not at all, but according to the said view, mental illness limits the remarkable criterion established by Karlsruhe judges for making the possibility of assisted suicide mandatory: personal responsibility. Now, this may be 90 percent fantasy at all, if one accidentally recognizes feeling energetic or empty, accomplished or lost.
Fooled by a misunderstanding of oneself
Fooled by self-misunderstanding, free will, if one were to insist on it, would be a series of frequently contradictory stages, whose compact formation would remain difficult and could at best be described as episodic along the lines of “sorry, I’m free then”. In any case, personal responsibility is not just a flimsy criterion in the case of mental illness, and certainly not a criterion that will lead to unchallenged live or die decisions. For the few who are deemed to be able to end life “independently”, many have to put up with the strict rigors of assisted suicide.
Otherwise, the state will risk letting the wrong people die. But how do you determine who are the right people to die? The seal of consent for concrete freedom of will cannot be represented in every case anthropologically. After all, a person who is considered independent from the outside is incomprehensible in relation to himself.