Jordan Peterson's Perspective on Medically Assisted Death

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TLDR The decision of medically assisted death should be handled privately by physicians and families, rather than being determined by the government or the healthcare system.

Key insights

  • πŸ˜”
    Jordan Peterson shares his personal experience of being in extreme pain for years and contemplating assisted suicide as a result.
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    "If there would have been a button that would have just shut me off I would have pushed it." - Jordan Peterson on the desire for assisted suicide during difficult times.
  • πŸ’€
    "I'm opposed to capital punishment...but I don't think it's a good idea to give the state that power because...you don't know what kind of monster you're likely to conjure up doing that."
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    The Nazis believed that death was preferable to the desperate suffering of mentally ill patients, leading them to clean up asylums to allocate resources to other areas like education.
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    Severe depression is characterized by the genuine belief that you're pretty damn useless and everyone around you would be better off without you.
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    Jordan Peterson questions the trustworthiness of those who can't efficiently process passport applications to determine whether someone should live or die.

Q&A

  • What is the main idea of the video?

    β€” The main idea of the video is that the decision of medically assisted death should be handled privately by physicians and families.

  • Who should be responsible for the decision of medically assisted death?

    β€” The video suggests that physicians and families should be responsible for the decision of medically assisted death.

  • Should the government determine medically assisted death?

    β€” No, the video argues that the government should not determine medically assisted death.

  • Should the healthcare system determine medically assisted death?

    β€” The video suggests that the healthcare system should not determine medically assisted death.

  • What is the preferred approach for handling medically assisted death?

    β€” The video proposes that medically assisted death should be handled privately by physicians and families.

Timestamped Summary

  • πŸ˜”
    00:00
    The speaker shares their personal experience of being in extreme pain for years and considering assisted suicide, but ultimately finding relief through treatment and experiencing slow but steady recovery.
  • 😒
    02:25
    Sometimes, in the face of unbearable suffering, it may be compassionate to consider medically assisted dying.
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    04:07
    The government should not have the power to decide who lives and who dies, as it is unpredictable and could create a dangerous situation.
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    05:43
    The Nazis used a public health campaign to clean up the country before starting their extermination program, using toxic gas to eliminate parasites and insects.
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    06:48
    The speaker discusses the brutal conditions in mental hospitals before psychiatric drugs and the Nazis' perspective on euthanizing patients to save money for other purposes.
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    08:25
    Assisted suicide is a complex issue that involves considerations of cost, inconvenience, and the genuine belief that one is useless and burdensome to others.
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    09:47
    Canada's international reputation is in tatters due to the large number of people who have been dispensed with through assisted suicide.
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    10:01
    Medically assisted death used to be handled privately by physicians and families, but now there is a lack of trust in the system's ability to make decisions about someone's life.
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