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If we all strive for more freedom in our lives, if we have the right choose our own jobs, our own way of living, may we not decide whether we want to live or not?

Despair: Tony Nicklinson, pictured with wife Jane, died at home only a week after losing a High Court battle to allow doctors to end his life without fear of, euthanasia for loved one, euthanasia: merciful or murder, merciful killing, caring for the old, court

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Euthanasia has been the cause of many debates worldwide. When we kill animals we do it fast to stop them from experiencing unnecessary pain. Do those animals want to die? Maybe so, their living conditions aren’t very good when humans put them in small cages. Animals can’t communicate with us, they can’t tell us if they agree. Would we let them live if they’d disagree? Maybe, if they could communicate, we might consider them equal to us, and we wouldn’t kill them. How can we be sure animals experience any pain at all? It is impossible, but we expect them to, it would be rather strange if they didn’t.

Tony Nicklinson was no animal. He was paralysed in 2005, and could only communicate with his eyes. Did he suffer from pain? Yes, he said his life had become a ‘nightmare’. Did he want to die? Yes, he lost many cases fighting for his right-to-die. Could he communicate, could he tell us he didn’t want to live anymore? Yes, he could and he did. Did we kill him, did we let him die without experiencing unnecessary pain? No.

Why didn’t we? Becauce the law says so? Is that a valid reason when someone has to live 7 years, paralysed? A healthy person who wants to die has many ways to do this. Tony didn’t, you can hardly kill yourself with your eyes. Doctors couldn’t because they would be murderers. His living conditions were worse than the animals we kill for food, living in small cages. If his living conditions are inhumane, does the law still apply to him?

After Tony lost a case in the High Court, he stopped eating, which was his death’s cause. It was his only option left. How could he enjoy living a life he didn’t want? How can you enjoy living if you’re forced to?

What is your opinion on the subject?

What if you can be Italian, Russian, British, or any nationality..

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There are different nationalities but we are born without choosing it. We know that nationality is not like clothes you wear for a day and change whenever desired. But what if..

This is what I surveyed bloggers about –  what nationality would you pick? Here are their responses:

missjeyonline, Dutch, chose to be American.

I’m addicted to the states, I can’t really explain it. Maybe because it’s a crazy-everything-is-possible-kind-of country. “The American Dream”. And I think it’s the only country in the world where you have to work really hard to get somewhere and to have a career, which I really appreciate. Here in my country ( the Netherlands ) you don’t have to work hard. You’re taught to be satisfied with a job, not a career.

tonyquarrington, English, chose to be American.

If I were not English I would like to have been American because I do believe that, however flawed the nation’s system and its behaviour in the world might be, the great democratic experiment that is the United States is the most noble and worthy conceived by man.  I can fully understand the patriotic fervour that grips its citizens on occasions.  Equally, the commitment to the local community and the importance of the states in the overall system are great features.

melbaylon, Filipino, chose to be American.

I think I’d be an American. Not that I despise being a Filipino, being American and living in the USA would serve as a technological advantage. Reading on the educational system of the US, I found myself in love with all the things that were not offered in my schooling. I guess I could be programming software by now if I had the same training students in the US have.

I am a huge lover computer technology and anyone would agree that it’s more accessible in the US than in the Philippines. Kids here plays with their flip-flops not with circuit boards.

I love the social culture of being a Filipino but I also love the techno culture of the US.

joybound, half Spanish, half German, chose to be Italian

So I can roll my “R’s”, wink at people I like without getting accused of sexual harassment, and gesture wildly (or expressively) with my hands a lot when I’m speaking.

sarahannphoto, half German, half American, chose to be Norwegian, French-Polynesian.

Norwegian: I like the way Norway’s government and society is structured. Even more than that I love the natural beauty and simplicity of the country, and it has that Scandinavian, whimsical charm I find so attractive. There are mountains, fjords and wilderness mixed with old towns and cities rich with history, culture and beautiful art, design and style.

French Polynesian: Island time. I would love to lounge on the beach and be warm forever. Life in French Polynesia, specifically Tahiti, seems much slower, so beautiful, free and simple. Not to mention, the natural beauty of Tahiti is incomparable to almost anywhere in the world. I also enjoy the culture – the Polynesian natives mixed with the French influence. It’s just sweet and dreamy… think Paul Gauguin’s paintings!

thedailygraff, American, chose to be British, Italian, Russian, Polynesian, Indian, Australian, Canadian, Spanish, Japanese.

I would be British, because to Americans all British people sound important and highly educated just because of their accent.  I would be French because I love to hear their language spoken.  It’s the most lyrical one in the world.

I would be Italian, because I love pasta and their weather is better than what we get in Ohio .  While on the subject of food, I would be Chinese, because I could eat Chinese food every day and never get tired of it.

I would be Russian, because the people seem really sturdy.

I would be Polynesian, because they seem so laid back.

I would come from India because the people are so handsome, wear the most colorful fabrics, and have a natural grace.

I would be Australian, because their manner of speaking, accent, and lifestyles are so playful.

I would be Canadian and suffer no culture shock at all.

I would be Spanish, because I could travel confidently in Spain, Mexico, or the rest of the Spanish-speaking world.

I would be Japanese because no other people cherish their traditions so carefully.  I would be a Bedouin because my roots would be in sand.

Clearly, thedailygraff is a fan of nationalities. What about you, which nationality is your choice?

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