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Suicide Machine view 2 by Decarabia69 Suicide Machine view 2 by Decarabia69
12 inches X 12 inches, acrylics on gallery-wrapped canvas.

I've been thinking lately of the Right-to-Life movement and their objections to abortion and have wondered how they would feel about assisted suicide?

I'm very aware of medical ethics and how those ethics are determined according religious influence, but what if suicide on demand were made a national policy? What would the implications be on our own society? Of course even among assisted suicide advocates there would have to be a series of set rules and regulations outlining assisted suicide, but I can't help but wonder if the same fervor and outrage would hold for terminally ill patients as does for aborted fetuses.

This is a second view to show the thickness and continued paint scheme of the gallery-wrapped canvas.
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JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
I really like this piece and the idea. The background is well done. I'd have to agree with Lea5000 in regards to assisted suicide in terminal medical situations.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Yes, I think the majority of us agree - it's a hard fact of life that sometimes life just isn't worth living. Painful terminal illness certainly qualifies for that category.
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JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Yes, and it is tough to determine that some life shouldn't be prolonged, especially if it's a loved one with a painful terminal illness.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Yes, and that's unfortunately one of the hardest decisions anyone will have to make. As difficult as it may be, it's important to talk about it with loved ones BEFORE the occasion arises.

Do you remember Terri Schaivo? The whole mess surrounding her prolonged life should be a lesson to everyone. Get your wishes regarding any heroic life-saving measures down on paper BEFOREHAND. It would save you a lot of heartache and legal problems before.

I also don't think the government (in the past eight years, they've interfered with their sanctimonious objections to "the right to die") should have a word in the dying wishes of any American citizen. My painting "Bottle Babies" reflected this concern: [link]
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JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
Yes, it would be a good idea to talk about it before, should it ever happens. Yes, I do remember hearing about the Schiavo case. I don't think the government should have a word either, they don't know the people involved personally.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
You're absolutely right, and it was pretty ridiculous that they were jumping to conclusions over her state of mind without ever had examined her. They even had congress convene under an emergency situation to pass laws regarding the right to life. Funny how they could manage to get together on short notice to pass more religious-based laws, but they couldn't move fast enough to save anyone's life during Katrina!
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JudgeOfDeath Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
Haha, good point!
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kzeor Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Nice image and I like the thoughts behind it. I have known people that were dying of terrible diseases and living was not only painful but humiliating with what their bodies were doing to them. And then there is the lady that I knew that was in a house fire and lived for a few days in agony before she died. There was no hope for either of these people. While I cannot fathom assisted suicide for my loved ones, I suppose it is out of selfishness, I can well understand these people wanting to end their agony.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Yes, there are instances where prolonging their life is simply sadistic.
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reality-must-die Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh and by the way:

great picture! :)
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reality-must-die Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i don't know if legal suicide would ever be an option...maybe for very ill people who life in bad pain...
but at least i also think, the only one who owns your life is you. so you should be the only one who is able to decide how long it will take.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Thanks, Christian - I would be concerned for people who are depressed, but I don't think that assisted suicide should be illegal.
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reality-must-die Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes...i think there would be many "hasty" suicides by depressed people, or people who have a "bad phase".
i think this would be a problem if sc is legalized by the government.
this is a really difficult topic.
for those who want to end their lifes it would be a good solution...but all the friends and relatives of those people will have a different opinion...;)
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Yes, you're right and such an option would obviously require a through psychiatric exam and the consent of at least one responsible relative. It IS a touchy area, isn't it? Of course making suicide illegal has NEVER stopped anyone from doing it.
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reality-must-die Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's true...
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
I've had three close friends in my lifetime commit suicide and none of them had a terminal disease (they were all severely depressed). Of course, I thought of them while painting this work.
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reality-must-die Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:(
that's sad...three times the same pain and sadness...
i don't know if i could stand this...
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Yes, the suicide of a friend or relative is the worst thing for anyone to have to live through.
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Lea5000 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
i love it.

the skull is very well done, it almost looks like it is caught behind amber, like they do bugs. And the background with all the slimey organs is great. Nice colors.

I really really like the skull, I keep going back to it.

"Suicide is for cowards. That's the end of that. "

In terminal medical situations I would have to disagree. Why make someone who will never get better live their last few months in terrible agonizing pain, that's not really living, is it?
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
I agree with you as well, and I'm glad you liked it. The "button" on the right (with the large arrow pointing upward) didn't turn out quite like I pictured it, but I can always fix that later.

Thanks for your kind comments. :)

Oh, btw - I told a new friend of mine about your show and it turns out he already knows you. :) And I thought L.A. was a BIG city. ;)

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Lea5000 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
ha! Yes I just met Greg, we showed together at Verdugo. His art is amazing! And he is so helpful, really cool guy.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Ah, I didn't know his name (I've been referring to him as Gomez Addams). :)

He IS a really nice guy and I'm glad I met him!
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CAD-TheLucas Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Suicide is for cowards. That's the end of that.

Even the sickest people should fight whatever is making them sick. Either fight and die with courage, or kill yourself to spare yourself the pain, and rott in hell for eternity.

I'm not overly religious, but I'd like to think there's a hell.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Hey! Where have YOU been all this time? It's been awhile since I've heard from you.

I might agree with you, but not everyone has the determination or the will to fight. Why prolong their pain and suffering? My mom was diagnosed with lung cancer this past November and although I see her fighting the disease as best she can, I can't help but worry about when she runs out of the will to continue.

How much fight can you have left if you can't breathe and you can't live without being hooked up to three or four machines?
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CAD-TheLucas Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I'm always revisiting dA, just not commenting as much. I've started uni this year, and it's taking its toll. :)

Also, at that point, I believe the family's consent is required to do anything.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
That's not always true as there is a thing called a "living will" (at least here in the States there is) where an individual can refuse extraordinary treatment past a certain stage (i.e. no CPR, no intubation, etc.). The law was put into place to allow people to choose a natural death over being kept alive through the use of medical technology, in other words a medical vegetable.
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CAD-TheLucas Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
A potato.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Heheh, some people GET SICK because they're potatoes already - I was thinking more along the lines of a carrot. ;)
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CAD-TheLucas Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It's not nice to call terminal people carrots.
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
Especially in front of rabbit. ;)
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bluedragoneye Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
eleavtor ?
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
. . . straight to Hell, going down!
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bluedragoneye Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aw I'm heading that way anyways =D
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