This one, however, really shook me up. To me, it seems to signal a turn in the culture more radical than others–more so even than gender issues, more than cohabitation, more than planned out-of-wedlock births, more than surrogacy–all of which I find disturbing but to some extent understandable and not irrecoverable. Assisted suicide is related to the discussions about abortion and, especially, the death penalty in certain ways having to do with the value of life in the sight of God. Assisted suicide, to me, seems to strike at all that has been commonly agreed upon and understood and even taken for granted (if not always observed) in a culture that still bears the marks of having originated in the Christian West.
It was spiritual and poignant, ritualistic and community-based.
“taking your own life, what a funny expression. Suicide. You life is not your own. Keep your hands off it.”