Why Justice Matters

“How can we frame questions about gender and the justice of caring arrangements in our society, if care and family relationships fall outside the scope of arguments about justice? “

(Selma Sevenhuijsen, Paradoxes of Gender, pg.72 in Citizenship and the Ethics of Care: Feminist Considerations on Justice, Morality and Politics)

4 thoughts on “Why Justice Matters”

    1. I thank you for your comment. I consider the question of Euthanasia is undoubtedly a challenging debate in many countries. We are dealing with a divided community: one side agrees, while the other side rejects establishing any law, authorising the procedure. It’s rather tricky to provide a suitable response to your question. Did I understand your point? Absolutely! Nevertheless, I still believe this is stretching. Everybody holds the fundamental rights to life. Along the other angle, does everyone has the rights to take their own life even in suffering? Many times, we wish to place a definite end to the suffering of our sick beloved ones. But have we ever stepped out from our grandiose selves to question our motivations, to verify if that’s exactly what they want? What we regard as best for them may not be the ultimate resolution.
      My younger sister died of severe epilepsy; the grand mal, for a decade and half. In those trying moments we wanted nothing for her but relief. And at that phase, we just wished she should die in peace instead of experiencing continuous seizures that took away her perfect states. Only she wanted to live! She clung so desperately to life and never ceased to assure us that she will be healed. Her end came when she was ready to go. She stole away on her own term after she’d say goodbye in my mother’s night dream. No euthanasia. Just on her own term. So hard to lose a loved one.
      Thus, I choose to stay neutral regarding this on-going argument regarding euthanasia.

      1. I’m glad for this thoughtful comment. This is a harsh topic, and I rarely get good responses when bringing it up.

        I’m talking about euthanasia that the person asks for himself. If there is a right to live, then there is the right to die. If hospitals put effort into bringing us into the world, they should also help us exit it if we want to. If we don’t provide this exit, then we are forced to live. It’s no longer a right but a duty.

        You don’t need illness, mental or otherwise to have euthanasia available to you. Everyone deserves access to it. We didn’t ask to be born. We deserve some control over out death.

        You can kill yourself, true, but by holding back euthanasia you force people into life and make their only available exit a violent one.

      2. My thoughts are with you. In that respect is no doubt some people are in extreme pain at the moment and that they, voluntarily, simply wish to be euthanised. We don’t get to choose life when in acute distress. As a matter of fact, there’s no space to think thoroughly under such conditions. Irrefutably, people who are not having similar issue or are not in the position as Carers cannot comprehend the need for euthanasia. The trouble is that as individuals we are subjected to the law. Those guided principles seem intrinsically essential to sustain a peaceful society. But at the same time and in many aspects, these patterns tend to favour one group over the other. So simple to conclude then that our society is nothing short of narcissistic gatekeepers.
        I will suppose, let’s keep our finger crossed. The point is, society evolves. Years ago, gay rights were a forgotten topic that no one wanted to lecture about. Today the story is much different. I am aware some European nations are becoming flexible apropos Euthanasia. Hopefully, the remainder of this year will bring a positive outcome to those in favour of it.

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