hmmm, the youtube vid ends abruptly, I assume the rest of it is available on youtube? I'll watch the rest a little later.
His speech, although have not watched it fully is pro assisted dying and personally I agree with the idea of it, I believe that should some body choose, they should be allowed to end there life in a comfortable, safe and hopefully loving environment with the ones who love them most will gather around and be there for support and to say there last farewells.
For me, should I ever develop a condition where it will eventually take my mind or my body, I would like it to end at my choosing, I have no fear of death, I do not believe in an afterlife, nor do I think there is anything after death, it is simply a ending of life, but my person, who I am, those who I have touched, those who have loved me carry all that I have been and was with them, to me, that is a greater honour then anything else i could possibly think of, to know, that those i love, that love me will take with them a part of who I am as a person and continue to remember, enjoy and hopefully share that part with others, while I may no longer be there to talk, to love, to be physical, I will be there within them to continue.
Having watched a few people suffer immensely through such horrible things as cancer, Alzheimer and a few other things, I understand the strain it places, not just on the people around them but on the person who is experiencing this first hand, the pain and anguish, the self humiliation of the loss of there own sense of self, alzheimers in particular, I have watched a few people who in moments of sudden clarity of there own mind find them self filled with joy that suddenly the world is clear even just briefly but then filled with shame over the slow and steady loss of there own minds, to watch someone having experience that was, without a doubt one of the hardest things for me to observe, as an outsider, I felt only love and desire to see them be happy and healthy, the support, the effort i put into helping care for them was nothing that i considered difficult physically or mentally, I did it with love and I'd do it again, however, the person who was in effect lossing the very essence of who they are, that was more difficult to watch, because at times, they knew exactly what was going on, at times, they felt it, at times, they felt nothing but shame over it, they wanted out of it, they wanted to go when they could..
Who am I to say no? who is anyone?