NNJfitandbi said[quote]A follower of Rousseau, forcing the slave to be free.
Just remember, Reason leads to Danton.
Hah! I do not agree with Rousseau's view on women! And I don't think what Danton did was reasonable. To be honest, I have more sympathy with Jacques-Louis David: he was good at brown-nosing and he could paint!
I think comparing the child to a slave is very problematic not least of all because slaves may well be capable of understanding what is being done to them. The kindest thing for society to do a freed slave is another matter entirely. This child is not and has been shown to not be capable of understanding the decision that he has made. Other children, and this one perhaps, at later ages may well be. In the case of a slave, we as a society are returning something to the slave something that we have taken away; in the present case we are preventing him from throwing something away that he might if he survives wish he had retained. What if he survives and decides that he is glad that he lives? What should he think of his parents then?
I think adults who refuse treatment on their own beliefs should be allowed to do so, though I think them foolish unless there is little possibility of their survival and pain and degradation in treatment (I have a living will myself for example). I also think it a dark thing indeed for people to encourage others to pass up their own life for superstition.