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I Hope My Father Dies Soon

By Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert

I hope my father dies soon.

And while I'm at it, I might want you to die a painful death too.

I'm entirely serious on both counts.

My father, age 86, is on the final approach to the long dirt nap (to use his own phrase). His mind is 98% gone, and all he has left is hours or possibly months of hideous unpleasantness in a hospital bed. I'll spare you the details, but it's as close to a living Hell as you can get.

If my dad were a cat, we would have put him to sleep long ago. And not once would we have looked back and thought too soon.

Because it's not too soon. It's far too late. His smallish estate pays about $8,000 per month to keep him in this state of perpetual suffering. Rarely has money been so poorly spent.

I'd like to proactively end his suffering and let him go out with some dignity. But my government says I can't make that decision. Neither can his doctors. So, for all practical purposes, the government is torturing my father until he dies.

I'm a patriotic guy by nature. I love my country. But the government? Well, we just broke up.

And let me say this next part as clearly as I can.

If you're a politician who has ever voted against doctor-assisted suicide, or you would vote against it in the future, I hate your fucking guts and I would like you to die a long, horrible death. I would be happy to kill you personally and watch you bleed out. I won't do that, because I fear the consequences. But I'd enjoy it, because you motherfuckers are responsible for torturing my father. Now it's personal.

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If he is clinging to life

Its terrible to wish him dead. Sounds very bad. I do not agree at all. It sounds suspicious to me.

sovereign

Compassion

The answer is compassion. i work part time at a home for abandoned sick people. Some of them are bed-ridden for a long time One lady is the happiest sweetest thing and content. I don't want a death panel deciding for her that her life is not worth living, Other are more out of it. We surround them with love as best we can. Then the discomfort is not so bad.

I am all for giving someone as much morphine as necessary to keep them comfortable. But mistakes are made too. For example one elderly man was written off as dying and they were going to refuse antibiotics and fluid. His daughter insisted on care and he recovered enough to read the paper. A better way maybe is to do develop better comfort care. When live is winding down, maybe it is better for people to be home with people that care, their pets and music that they like.

Vickie

I lost a parent to a slow

I lost a parent to a slow brutal battle with cancer. At the end they were in horrible agony and embarrassing physical issues. If they would've asked me to end it, I would've.

EUGENICS PROPAGANDA

Probably a fake story posted by an obamacare supporter,
If he wanted to kill himself when he could have he would have.,
If you are even gullible enough to believe this crap

.

Hey

I agree.

Unsuspecting, willing, blind, controllable herd
Pawns in a covert game conducted by hands we trust
Dominated, compliant and deceptable
Confident that we matter - we don't see that we're but dust.

-Meshuggah "Dancers To a Discordant System"

I'm against doctor assited suicide

You should be able to appoint someone you trust and provide the conditions, though that may include a doctor. At least the potential abuses would be your own fault then.

I change my mind.

If you are not fit to do it yourself then your are probably not fit to decide to have someone do it for you.

Greedy heirs? Are you kidding?

I would rather have a death panel made up of family members.

If I was such a prick that they all want me gone as quickly as possible to preserve my estate ... more power to them.

If they are such materialistic greedy bastards that they somehow fanagle the system into providing me a legally premature death ... good on them.

I'd rather it be my most retched heir than the companies whose only purpose in life is to keep somebody alive long enough to bleed an estate completely dry.

Greed is good. God Bless my greedy bastard relatives.

If the Oracle of Omaha or Bill Gates found themselves in a hospital in bad shape, with no family willing to take them home to die, the system would put them on every machine possible and keep their brains and heart active for at least another hundred years.

With respect to my poor penniless uncle Johnny, they waited until he was most unstable and then made the decision to air care him to another hospital. He died in route. Best way to get rid of a leach on the system. Put him in a helicopter with only "providers" present. With no family. Bam. Gone. No witnesses.

I dont know the morality of every situation

when it comes to assisted suicide. But one thing I will say is that if it gets passed, then it should never be a doctor that assist the suicide. Doctors have a moral obligation to always try to extend life, and especially in cases where you have a single payer health system that it looks like we are heading to it will be too easy for doctors to put people down so that they can ease their work load. I get taking someone off a ventilator, I get letting the patient raise the dose of their own morphine till it turns their heart off. I am just patently against a doctor being the one to intentionally turn a person off. Now if lawyers did it, we would think long and hard before we just willy nilly let them assist suicide.

I don't think

doctor assisted suicide is a very good idea either. If the patient wants to commit suicide then I can see that; taking off ventilator, stop eating, but I think it is dangerous to start letting doctors kill people. It's also a violation of their oath.

I'm so sorry

This is heartbreaking, and I'm sorry to hear of your father's discomfort.

It's not much to offer, but you could ask him about his favorite music and get him an iPod shuffle to listen to during the day or a Bluetooth Jambox for his room. Music has an amazing ability to ease pain.

This post doesn't make it

This post doesn't make it very clear, but the entire text was copied and pasted from the web site of Scott Adams, the guy who created the "Dilbert" cartoon.

Also, it is against the terms of use for this site to copy and paste an entire article or story from another site. That constitutes copyright infringement. A mod needs to alter this ASAP if the original poster does not.

I think

....you meant to reply all--not specifically to me.

But while we're here....maybe it is the guy who created Dillbert?

I happen to be a believer in my Lord Jesus Christ

I have said goodbye to both my parents and one of my daughters.
My dad was the most recent.
And I had come to the point just before he died Sept 8, 2007, where I saw the absurdity for a believer to resist leaving this earthly existence.
I always want to ask people; Why would you want to linger in this corrupt ugly world (compared to Heaven) when there is a place and a lifestyle that is beautiful beyond our ability to even imagine waiting for us?
Where you have the body of a 30 year old, in perfect health and it's maintenance free!
It sure has made the whole thing much more real and sensible to me.

So it doesn't surprise me that our government who has killed more human beings than any non-government group, would punish us if we helped a loved one leave with dignity.

It's a tough spot you're in. I've never had to do it but my Mom went through that kind of wringer with her mother.

Question is, have you asked the doctors to withhold food?
Morphine helped my Dad and my Father-in-law go sooner and painlessly.
I don't blame you for not wanting to end up in a cage for helping your Dad crossover.

If you really believed that....

you would be running off to commit suicide to leave this "corrupt ugly world" to go to heaven.

This world is beautiful. Sure, there is a minority of assholes littering the place up with their evilness, but those are just blemishes we can shake off if we put our minds to it.

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

If you really read the post without your filter you'd know WTF

I said

I have said goodbye to both my parents and one of my daughters.
My dad was the most recent.
And I had come to the point just before he died Sept 8, 2007, where I saw the absurdity for a believer to resist leaving this earthly existence.
I always want to ask people; Why would you want to linger in this corrupt ugly world (compared to Heaven) when there is a place and a lifestyle that is beautiful beyond our ability to even imagine waiting for us?
Where you have the body of a 30 year old, in perfect health and it's maintenance free!
It sure has made the whole thing much more real and sensible to me.
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So it doesn't surprise me that our government who has killed more human beings than any non-government group, would punish us if we helped a loved one leave with dignity.
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It's a tough spot you're in. I've never had to do it but my Mom went through that kind of wringer with her mother.
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Question is, have you asked the doctors to withhold food?
Morphine helped my Dad and my Father-in-law go sooner and painlessly.
I don't blame you for not wanting to end up in a cage for helping your Dad crossover.

But, but , but . . .

it would be morally WRONG to end your father's life, when so much GOOD can be achieved by keeping him alive and sick and suffering! The entire medical/pharmaceutical/industrial complex depends on people getting sick and hanging on and on and on until every last dime of their life's savings has been squeezed out. Where's your compassion, dude?

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...

john jay

Though there is nothing that I can do, I wish you and yours heart-felt resolve.

Whether one believes in assisted resolutions or not, government should not be involved in matters such as these.

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

((((PAF))))

you stated that perfectly! Thank you!!

Mmmmm....

There's a way you could have written the title and the beginning where the reader doesn't think you're a heartless psycho, lol.

Anyways, sorry for the situation you, your family, and especially your father are in. Hope it all gets resolved smoothly.

Aye

Tis a link to Scott Adams blog (Dilbert) I just copy pasted, link is at the bottom.

Please update this thread to

Please update this thread to have no more than three paragraphs copied and pasted here, this is exactly the kind of thing Mike Nystrom does not need. He was sued for this type of copyright infringement by users previously.

The link you added to the bottom is fine.