And a culture of Life is what exactly?
Life & Death go hand in hand, one does not exist without the other. If you have a culture of Life, you must therefore have a culture of Death. because if you live, you will die.
The way of the world is that things ultimately come to an end, and it is our right to manipulate our own existences to what we want as much as humanly possible, if we won't nobody else will. Obviously natural causes will catch up with us, but this is not a natural death. Her natural life is being extended beyond where her physical circumstances should have taken her. Had she existed just a century earlier she would not have survived 15 years in a coma. She would have died as soon as she could not take food/water.
It is a loss of respect and understanding of the process of death that is the problem, not the process of life. All she is doing by staying alive is cheating Death temporarally - in other words it's completely and utterly futile in the end. A waste of time and effort by all for no gain. Nature does only what it needs to survive - the path of least resistence and nothing more...
Inherently Humans recognise this, we know in our minds that if we want to continue our survival longterm it must be on Life's terms, not our own. We know it goes against the survival grain to keep someone on life support, and by taking a path of more resistence we increase the chances that we too will overshoot the mark, and step out of our survival niche. Why do you think most people have such a problem with letting the advanced sciences be in sole command of our existence as a species? It's our ancient survival instincts knowing we could go too far, not ethics or religious deities.
We are an empathetic species, we can put ourselves in another's shoes and make decisions. It is this ability for collective decision making that has got our species so far. No one wants to be taken before their time, but at the same time they don't want to live a meaningless existence where they cannot experience and enjoy the essential functions of life. What is the point? It serves absolutely no advantage to anyone in the slightest, in fact it is detrimental. If you cannot experience that then you may as well not exist - you have outgrown your usability as a member of society. Life is far more of a bitch than death, death is objective and infallible - it controls everything perfectly. Life manipulates and schemes things the way it wants, short-term sacrifice to benefit the longterm survival. It only helps those it wants to. If she is damaged to that extent, Life is preparing her for the final process in Life - Death.
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we start to consider ourselves capable judges of others people quality of life
Well if we don't consider ourselves judges of other people's quality of life then we are gonna end up with the same attitude to death as any other creature fighting for their individual life. A zebra that sees another zebra in their family herd being jumped by a lion does not care about the other's quality of life, it's a part of their existence. Their Job is to try and develop the essential survival traits long enough to produce a next generation with those same traits. As we are empathetic, we are slightly more complex than that. We have a little more control of our environment than they do, we can decide exactly what is right for our needs.
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