Wednesday, July 15, 2009

One last...

Recently in the Rondon news, there's a "scandalous" story of an elderly couple committing suicide together in Switzerland. Sir Edward Downes was 85, a distinguished conductor, losing his sight and hearing. His wife, Lady Joan Downes, was 74, a British Royal Ballet dancer, diagnosed terminally ill with cancer.

Half the population condemns them - "His-and-hers convenience deaths have cheapened life".

And I wonder... Could I ever sacrifice myself for the One? Would I ever allow the One to take his own life for my sake? Could I live on without the One?

It's a poignant story.

I don't know how to answer those questions.

I think what Sir and Lady Downes did was immensely brave and selfless.

I think if it was my last moment with the One, I'd want one... last... lingering... kiss... hand-in-hand.

Bravo Sir and Lady Downes.


rarara said...

Value for one's own life is personal, and relative to other personal values e.g. one's partner. Taking their own lives shouldn't 'cheapen' the value of life for all!
I'm not sure I'd do the same, but I agree... bravo for them!

millimilli said...

It's very The Notebook kind of ending, isn't it?

I don't think it cheapens the value at all. Surviving is not living.