MARS for SIMS Worldwide Campaign Facilitator
Organized by: Kristy Martin
Everywhere in the world peoples’ suffering orients their attention towards the same rational thoughts of a conceptual human liberty: the freedom to commit suicide, when life becomes unbearable for them. But what happens in countries where such a choice is not institutionalized by society as it is in Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Is suicide, suicide attempt, desire to commit suicide, or suffering mitigated? Not at all. In fact, paradoxically, they are all greater!
Why go to MARS (Medically Assisted Rational Suicide)?
The 17th century scholar Blaise Pascal said, “All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.” Should those who suffer unbearably from long-run, severe and incurable physical and mental illnesses have to resort to such a method to die given that the humane alternative of a doctor-assisted death is available to people in European nations that, economically speaking, are just as developed as other countries in the world?
Why focus on SIMS (Severe & Incurable Mental Sicknesses)?
All around the world severe physical illnesses, in general, tend to receive more attention in campaigning for doctor assisted dying than other forms of suffering such as psychological, old-age, or even existential even though the latter are as, if not more, painful for individuals to endure than the former. The reason for this oversight is, simply put, that the pain individuals experience from such forms of suffering is harder for others to see and by implication to understand, assess, and justify. So the purpose of this global awareness initiative is to make more visible in countries around the world that the suffering individuals experience from mental illness is just as entitled to equal treatment with respect to access to doctor-assisted dying, as such legislation becomes available and demonstrates to be working sufficiently well to help those who suffer unbearably from severe physical illnesses.
All donations for goods, services, and activities that are perceived to be necessary to facilitate the development of this global awareness initiative and to support the development of campaigns in countries around the world -- that cannot otherwise be freely obtained -- will be gratefully received and earnestly and efficiently applied and directed toward all means to achieve the fore-mentioned objective.