This speech is about the adoption of palliative care in Canada. Palliative care is any form of treatment or medical concern for patients which have terminal diseases or are going to die sooner or later. This treatment is more on reducing the sternness of the symptoms of a disease or ailment, or to slow the progress of that disease rather than curing it. In this speech, it supports the report on palliative care, which agrees to make it a rule to provide palliative care for all patients which have terminal diseases like cancer, or which had life threatening accidents which no hope of recovery (“WHO Definition of Palliative Care”, 2006).
The moral issue in this speech is the implication of caring for dying patients. The argument is whether to adopt it or not. Palliative care includes slowing down the process of death, making the dying live a little longer and feel better before they die. I chose to review this speech because it is an essential aspect of a human person’s life. Many of us are afraid of dying, and choose not to talk about it much. When we are faced with a terminal disease, we seem to condition ourselves that our death is near, that it is useless to live our lives, since death is inevitable.
Death has always been an issue, a concern to many, because it is a one-time only event, and a lot of people fear it, especially the young ones. The moral issue about death here is when you do palliative care, you do everything to lessen the symptoms, if not, the pain of the progress of the disease. The question of morality here is about the prolonging of the life of a dying person instead of facing it. I don’t agree with this speech because of various reasons. First of all, is the consent from the patient themselves. Why impose it if the patient doesn’t want to be taken care of after all?
People think differently and some would rather face death than agree on prolonging it. Death is an inescapable truth, and prolonging life for a little while doesn’t mean that you can avoid death. One way or another, palliative care is also increasing the suffering of the patients who have terminal diseases (“Developments Respecting Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Report of Social Affairs, Science and Technology Committee-Motion in Amendment-Debate Continued “, 2000). Another point is that palliative care is a case to case basis.
Why would you impose palliative care on those people who are bed-ridden and are already not in their right frame of mind? It is useless to give extra attention to those who are like vegetable, the ones who have no more emotions or senses. Palliative care also depends on decisions from the patient himself or his relatives. If the relatives wishes that the patient is given palliative care, then that is the time to provide it. And if they don’t want to, they are not on the position to give the palliative treatment. It also depends on the condition of the patient, if the patient is willing, then palliative care could be administered.
If he is against it, then it is unreasonable to do so (“Introduction to palliative care”, 2006). Another reason why I disagree with this speech is because it is about to be passed as a law, or as a regulation. This means that it should be followed in hospitals and medical institutions. You are putting it in a wider scale, introducing it to the whole country. It would greatly affect the people in the area since it is a new law. The problem of a new law is its implementation, whether or not the hospitals or medical institutions would follow it.
Another aspect to consider is the issue on the prolonging the life of a dying person, where you are providing a little extension of his life. This doesn’t mean that this is providing a solution to a problem. This could just extend the suffering of a person, where he knows that death is already near, yet you are failing his expectations. A dying person knows that he has a short time to live in this world, and he would seem to have a clear view of what is going to happen to him, and when you extend his life, you are delaying his death and prolonging his suffering.
This speech on palliative care is more on the imposition of it as a law or a regulation, and was given in front of respectable people, like some Senators of Canada, and many others. If you look at it closely, you would notice that it is more on the positive aspect of palliative care, and did not tackle on the side of patients who disagree about it. The reaction of both those who agree and those who disagree should be reflected on the speech so that it would be tackling on all the sides, not only a one-sided view. Friendship or Love
The aspect of friendship is almost always associated with the concept of love. When we talk about any of these, there is an appeal to ones emotion whether friendship would really lead to love, or even the other way around. Another point that comes out is the relationship between people. There is a question which comes to mind when we talk about these topics. Can men and women be just friends, wherein no special attachments or relationships are considered? Friendship is directly related to love, because they both appeal to the people’s emotions, their feelings towards others in particular.
Love and friendship doesn’t necessarily go hand and hand, but most of the times, friendship leads to love, and love could mean a deep friendship (Coleman, 2004). There are various ideas about friendship. Some people consider the attitude of the person in befriending them; some would rather consider the physical attributes of the people he befriends. For example, a guy befriends “good-looking ladies” than those who are simple and plain-looking. When you consider the attitude, some prefer people who are of the same character or outlook in life, whom you get to go along well and easily.
This is where you have lesser misunderstandings and often agree on a lot of things. Because of going along well, you tend to develop that certain attachment or bond, which you could consider as the start of a budding friendship. Friendship would range from being just an acquaintance to some you treasure dearly in your hearts, whom has played a big part in your life. When you are already friends with that certain person, these bonds grow stronger and you develop that certain emptiness when that friend is not around.
This certain closeness could mean that you are greatly attached to that person and it seems uncomfortable when you’re not with them. This is the start of a deeper friendship. Some say that love could result from friendship, a deep friendship which made you close to that person you are in love with. This is the time when you are at the peak of your relationship with that person whom you are in love with. It is a manifestation of an improvement of a relationship, where you started as friends and ended up being lovers. There is also an instance when lovers break up and end up as friends.
This is the time when they move on with their lives and just stay as friends to keep in touch with the person whom they had loved and had a relationship with before. The concept of friendship doesn’t include an intimate relationship, so in friendship, falling in love with a friend is already out of the question, so the concern is whether or not a man could be friends with a woman. Usually, the friends of a male are mostly males, and the friends of females are mostly females. They get along well with each other because they know what they want and almost know how each of them think.
So when a man and a woman are friends, some say that there is a chance that they will fall in love, because friendship lets one person be really close with another. The concern now is how a man and a woman can be friends and stay that way without falling in love with each other. People say that this kind of relationship is possible. Man and woman can be friends and definitely stay that way. They should not allow the society and the people living around them to dictate or impose how they should be related or even their relationships with other people.
They should not let the society affect their decisions only because they say that men and women can’t be friends (Grosvenor, 2006). A relationship that comes from a long lasting friendship is more of a tight one, compared to those who just came off from affection and physical attraction. This is because you know what the other person likes or dislikes, and you can please them much better than when you don’t know anything at all. When this happens, it means that your bond is harder to break and could mean a long time relationship and partnership between you.
This is the benefit of having love which came from friendship, friendship being a stepping stone to a much deeper, much serious relationship with a person. Love and Friendship are two different concepts which are often related and often associated with a person’s relationship with other people. This is a manifestation of how complex a human emotion could be and thus a proof that people are unique from other organisms because of having these kinds of attachments. When we look at friendship, we also gaze at the angle of love. These two concepts feed on the existence of each other thus, making them an inseparable pair.