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    The first definition as outlined by Merriam Webster defines ethical judgements as “involving or expressing moral approval or disapproval,” and ethical behavior as “conforming to accepted standards of

    • Lucy,
      I found your post very interesting, and I love that you are talking about this topic. I have had two dogs in the past who lived a pretty old age, one outlived the other, but eventually both of them got to the point where it was obvious they were suffering. For both of their situations my parents made the decision to have them put down in order to give them a more dignified end to their lives. I was about 9 at the time and I remember crying a lot because I didn’t want to see my puppy go, but even then I understood why. I was willing to see them go, instead of watching them live out the rest of their days in pain. So, personally I really agree with the point of view you presented in this post, and I love how you were able to capture both sides of the procedure. I thought the way you wrote this was very captivating and I really enjoyed the perspective. I found an article that I think you may find interesting, it looks at the perspective of a doctor who chose to have his family dog put down, and I think his point of view in the article resonates with your topic here- https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/06/well/live/death-dying-doctors-dog-euthanasia.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FEuthanasia&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection – I hope you find this article interesting. I look forward to hearing more from you on this topic.
      Mason

    • Hi Lucy!
      I loved this post because I could feel your passion while reading it. I thought your perspective was really interesting, and honestly, it was something I had never thought of before. However, I believe that I am in agreement with you on your perspective. I think allowing animals to die in dignity is a practice that is very valuable (and almost beautiful). You brought up a good point by stating, ” The experts say yes, euthanasia is overall beneficial in the case of animals. What are the differences when it comes to humans?”. Obviously this is such a controversial question, but I firmly believe that in order for answers, we need to further our research and our mindsets. I found this article interesting, hopefully it can help you with your topic https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/all-dogs-go-heaven/201111/human-and-animal-euthanasia-dare-compare

  • Maintaining life is often much harder than inducing death. The pain, money, effort, emotion, knowledge and strength required to fix a broken creature or support a struggling creature are required to feed the

    • An intriguing topic, for sure. You presented it well. Personally, I am inclined to state that all human life is sacred; never should we give up on a life. Pain is just a part of the human experience, whether emotional or physical. Though PAS sound good to those that are terminally ill, there is always that chance of survival, as you stated. Whether or not that person survives, however, should not dictate whether or not he or she chooses to end his or her life; I’m a firm believer in experiencing all aspects of life, as you never know whom you may inspire.

    • Lucy,
      This topic so controversial in society today, but you managed to provide the information in a way that you did not take a specific stance. Rather you just gave primary information to understand the depths of this situation. It is difficult to determine if PAS is murder or if it is unconstitutional, because the patient is giving their complete consent over a period of days to allow someone else to end their life. Here is a question that challenges ideas about PAS: If a person were to commit suicide would it have the same consequences or reactions as someone who helped them commit at their own will? Here is a website where you can read all about Euthanasia to maybe find an answer for this. https://euthanasia.procon.org/

    • Lucy,
      This topic means a lot to me, as I had an aunt with Lou Gehrig’s disease who decided to pull the plug on her life support. She was almost entirely paralyzed, could barely talk, and was in constant pain, so to her life was no longer worth living. I think that the right to life, which is an inherent human right, also means having the right to end it. While it may bring others pain, often a physician assisted suicide is the smoothest way for a person to exit this world. My aunt, if she hadn’t puled the plug, would have eventually died in a brutally painful coughing fit as her lungs became more and more paralyzed, which would have been a terrible way to die. Thank you for bringing up this topic, I look forward to hearing more.
      Thanks, Logan

  • Working at the veterinary hospital, I see everything but euthanasias. I see surgeries on sick animals, I give fluid IV’s, X-rays, medication, and witness multiple brilliant people attempting to diagnose and heal a

    • Dear Lucy,

      I was shocked about the information I discovered throughout this piece of writing. I would have never thought that Veterinarians would commit suicide more than doctors. My dream career is too be a Veterinarian and I knew someday I would have too possibly put an animal down if I ever become one. I like how you explained the different reactions veterinarians have toward putting an animal down. I also liked how you told your own personal story of how you felt in the process. Personally I’d be very upset if I had to euthanize an animal. I really loved how this was written from the point of view of a real veterinarian. This topic is something I really enjoyed reading. Thank you!

    • Dear Lucy:
      I am heartbroken by your response about veterinarians’ reactions to euthanasia. It’s really upsetting even as a regular person to witness someone euthanizing your friend, your pet in front of you, but you really opened my eyes to how veterinarians may feel as they are doing the act.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: ““a third of veterinary students had experienced depression, compared to around an eighth in the general population. Vets are also three to four times more likely to take their own lives – significantly more than doctors.”” I think this is interesting because although working with animals may bring happiness into many lives of veterinarians, the sad aspects of this job far outweighs the pros of it.
      Another sentence that I was shocked to read was: “Two [vets] described it fairly emotionlessly, using the phrase “it’s just a part of the job.” One described it as a way to help an animal die with dignity.” This stood out for me because you can see the varying reactions to such a devastating event. Some veterinarians try to be emotionless, while others push to have the animal die “with dignity”, or bringing honor to the animal.
      Thanks for your writing. It really opened up my eyes to see how not everyone handles euthanizing and the death of their pets/patients the same way.

      My classmates and I run a blog that is tied with topics similar to euthanasia, and we would love to have you check it out! Here is the link: http://bestfwens.home.blog

  • Olivia,
    I think this post touches on the overall wage gap in America, with the top 1% holding a huge majority of the Money in the US. While professional athletes are typically within that top 1%, your concern doesn’t seem to be with the overall economic makeup of American society. You seem to be wondering if Pro athletes re making “too much” for…[Read more]

  • Mason-
    I love how you tie back the importance of education to bettering society. The inverse correlation between proficient education within a society and the overall wealth, success and safety within that place proves the importance of education overall. This seems to put many societies into a positive feedback loop, with money coming from…[Read more]

  • Hi Ronnie,

    You utilize a lot of data in restricting abortion and contraceptive accessibility in the US in recent months which is helpful in accentuating the controlling measures that conservative interest groups have taken.
    The facts are obvious. Women’s rights are being restricted in our new presidential era, and our judgements will continue to…[Read more]

  • Hey Billy,
    This is a pretty interesting topic to discuss, but “when is the death penalty considered appropriate” leaves room for a fairly subjective response. I’ve been conflicted in my own ideas of the death penalty and in which cases (if any) I do or don’t support it. With such an emotionally driven and radical concept, it’s hard to maintain a…[Read more]

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  • “Life isn’t fair.” I heard this phrase from my mom hundreds of time over my childhood. Sometimes your little brother will eat the last fruit snacks, sometimes your white, male counterpart will make signi

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  • Bobby,
    First of all, I thought your post was hilarious. Music that seems to be enjoyed by millennials is often incredibly racist and sexist, and has little to no artistic talent involved. However, making generalizations about modern music as being terrible isn’t completely fair, as “terrible” is subjective. You should take a poll from our school…[Read more]

  • Your ideas here are so important for awareness amongst millennials. Greenhouse gases are not only within the air we breathe, causing illnesses throughout people, (as you’ve described here) plants and animals, but also has a presence within the ocean, as a quarter of all Carbon emissions are absorbed by the ocean. If you’re interested in this, I…[Read more]

  • Welcome to my discussion on our mongrel president’s kitten paws. We’ve all heard Trump’s defense, describing how his hands are “slightly large, actually”, and how they assuredly don’t reflect the size of anything

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    Your comparison of individuality and equality is interesting, because you’re right- they do seem contradictory at first. although, the concept of equality is especially relevant when discussing individuality, as equality pertains to the fair and balanced treatment of people despite their differences. These ideas are essential in the discussion of…[Read more]

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    Bronwen,
    I wrote about something very similar to this- Nature vs. Nurture. The topic of the way people are raised, and who they are raised by is very interesting in understanding the psychological capacity of people. Thinking about the way your parents raised you, the value they incite in you, the passions they provide to you, is fascinating in…[Read more]

  • Hi San,
    I’ve been working with a Utah State representative for almost a year on the topic of the school to prison pipeline, so this post is very relevant to my interests. Bringing light to the racial disproportionality in prisons, especially with young people, is essential in educating the public and inciting change. I found an article that was…[Read more]

  • Montana,
    While many things were surprising to me while reading this post, you’ve also included points that I’ve recognized but never acknowledged, such as teenagers’ proneness to smartphone addiction. The physical harm presented to people of all ages while using technology is a completely new idea to me. I was interested in other potential risks…[Read more]

  • Lucy wrote a new post, Nature vs. Nurture 2 years ago

    Does the way I was raised determine the course of my life?

    Are our passions embedded in us as people? Or do we develop them over the course of our childhood?

    Nature vs. Nurture is an unproven and controversial

    • Hey Lucy, this is an interesting topic. The discussion between Nature vs Nurture has been ongoing in the science community. You’re looking for an either/or, rather than a grey area between the two. I believe the development of any individual is dependent on both factors. While nature is important in influencing our immediate development and capabilities, nurture will work to shape our lives, ideologies, etc, as we grow. Studies have shown the twins separated at birth will show similar preferences in entertainment, subjects, and more while similar studies have also shown that twins separated at birth will have strictly different approaches to obstacles and situations.
      Here’s a link for one of the examples I listed: https://www.livescience.com/47288-twin-study-importance-of-genetics.html

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